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St George Illawarra Dragons Environmental Ambassador Jack Stockwell, alongside teammates Trent Merrin and Michael Witt, joined students and families from Mt Kembla PS in a live environmentally-focussed breakfast radio broadcast on Friday.

The Dragons players were additionally joined by Dragons Ambassadors Shaun Timmins and Dean Young as well as members of the Club’s National Youth Competition team for the radio broadcast, proudly supported by Illawarra Coal.

The radio broadcast is one of a number of initiatives the Dragons Community / Illawarra Coal partnership conducts in helping to educate youth about the importance of being environmentally conscious.

Local radio station i98 broadcasted their regular morning breakfast program on location at Mt Kembla PS, and provided local residents and listeners with information to help them improve and conserve the local environment.

The importance of starting the day on a healthy note is another message Dragons bring to the kids.

To highlight this message, Dragons Community, provided a free, healthy breakfast for the 150 Mt Kembla PS students.

After breakfast, Dragons players and the Dragons Community team held a special assembly to provide students with useful tips on how they could help the environment, followed by a ‘Dragons Active’ skills session.

In June 2010, Illawarra Coal became official partner of Dragons Community’s Environment Pillar with the partnership aiming to provide an opportunity for local communities to learn about sustainability and highlight the importance of local residents reducing their ecological footprints.

“I am always happy to be able to promote healthy living as well as promoting ways in which everyone can better look after the environment,” said Dragons BHP B Illawarra Coal Environmental Ambassador Jack Stockwell.

“These two areas are very important to me and I am happy to have both the support of my Club and a local company respectively assisting me in spreading these issues.”

Illawarra Coal Head of External Affairs John Brannon said the Company is pleased to be associated with the Dragons to assist in supporting environmental initiatives in the local community.

“Illawarra Coal is proud to partner the Dragons through the Environmental Pillar of its Dragons Community initiative and bring important environmental educational programs to the communities surrounding our operations,” said Brannon.

“We’re delighted to give local students the chance to learn more about improving their local environment with the encouragement of some of their local sporting heroes.

Dragons Community is a key department within the Club that works with community

organisations and aims to have a positive impact on the lives of the people within our community that stretches from Kogarah in the north to Bateman’s Bay in the south.

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St George Illawarra Dragons respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples, where our games are played, our programs are conducted and in the communities we support.

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