The St George Illawarra Dragons continued their School Blitz, as part of the NRL’s Community Carnival, by visiting nine schools in the Illawarra region on Thursday.

Dragons prop Rulon Nutira was on hand to help deliver key social messages surrounding this year’s Carnival theme “Healthy Lifestyles and Wellbeing”.

Nutira, whose twin daughters attend Wollongong Primary School, said it was important to get the message across to children at a young age in order for them to develop healthy habits early on.

“I think we’re very lucky to be able to go around visiting schools, meeting children and spreading positive messages about healthy living and wellbeing," said Nutira.

“Getting to do this as a job is also very cool, being able to put smiles on kids faces and the opportunity today to go to my daughters’ school and spread the message is awesome.”

Member for Wollongong, Noreen Hay MP was also in attendance at the Blitz at Wollongong Primary, showing her support for the Dragons and the Community Carnival.

The aim of the Carnival is to encourage students to build healthy lifestyles and make positive choices regarding eating habits, nutrition, physical activity, sleep and mental health.

The Dragons believe that making a difference in the community is extremely important and along with holding the School Blitz, recently launched their very own school diary ‘The Best You Can Be’, further reinforcing messages surrounding healthy choices.

The Dragons school diary ‘The Best You Can Be’ retails for $6.00 and can be purchased either via the Dragons Team Store (Phone: 02 9597 1966) or through R.I.C. Publications Online Store!