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St George Illawarra Dragons second-rower Joel Thompson was amongst those involved to congratulate Albion Park Oak Flats RLFC on raising awareness important funds to break down the stigma of mental illness.

Thompson, the NRL Community Ken Stephen Medal winner, and Dragons Ambassador Dan Hunt are both NRL State of Mind program Ambassadors and were on hand to commend the local junior club which raised a grand total of $12,183.

The funds raised will be evenly split between the two chosen organisations Kids Helpline and Men of League Foundation, who both do great work in the community.

“Congratulations to everyone involved with this initiative at Albion Park Oak Flats RLFC for doing such a great thing,” said Thompson.

“Mental illness is a serious problem and can only be tackled with greater awareness within the community.

“Thank you to all the local businesses that got behind the event as your contributions are part of the solution.”