NACCHO will partner the GIANTS for their clash against the West Coast Eagles at ŠKODA Stadium at Sydney Olympic Park this Saturday.
NACCHO Chair Justin Mohamed welcomed the opportunity to support the GIANTS to mark AFL Indigenous Round in Western Sydney.
"Working with the AFL and the GIANTS is a great way to spread the Aboriginal health message to communities across Australia, from Liverpool in Sydney's west, to remote communities in Northern and Western Australia and all places in between,” said Mr Mohamed.
"NACCHO is very pleased to support the AFL Indigenous Round and hope it will help highlight the health needs of Aboriginal people who are still likely to die up to seventeen years before non-Aboriginal people.
"Aboriginal health organisations who are run by Aboriginal people within their own communities are having a great impact to Close the Gap and improving the lives of our people," he said.
GIANTS Head Coach Kevin Sheedy, a long-time supporter of Indigenous Australia and who helped pioneer Dreamtime at the `G, welcomed the partnership with NACCHO.
“Earlier this year I was lucky enough to travel to Elcho Island in the Northern Territory and visit the Galiwin’ku community where Australian football is a big part of their lives,” Sheedy said.
“I congratulate the AFL on what they have done to build Indigenous Round and we are delighted that NACCHO are supporting the GIANTS to help raise awareness of this important issue in Indigenous Australia.”
The GIANTS are also pleased to announce the Steve Waugh Foundation as this week’s community partner.
The Steve Waugh Foundation is committed to a coordinated approach to the service, identification, treatment and research of rare diseases to improve the quality of life of children affected by rare diseases (0 - 25 years of age).
The Ambassador for the match will be Renee Eliades, who has geleophysic dysplasia, a form of dwarfism that affects one in a million people.
Renee will celebrate her 21st Birthday at ŠKODA Stadium with thousands of GIANTS fans. Former Australian cricket captain Steve Waugh will also attend the match as a guest of the GIANTS.