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The St George Illawarra Dragons proudly took part in RUN Wollongong to help raise money for Wollongong Hospital recently.

Dragons winger Kalifa Faifai Loa and Ambassador Wendell Sailor both took part in the fun run alongside 3,000 participants to help raise $82,000 for the Wollongong Hospital Children's Ward.

In addition, the NRL School to Work Program which the Club is heavily involved with was recently recognised for its success in providing increased opportunities, through rugby league, for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians to access quality programs aimed at closing the gap between Indigenous and other Australians across key social indicators such as education, employment and health.

Beyond Sport is the peak global organisation with the sole focus of demonstrating how sport can play an active role in sustainable social change.

They deliver the Beyond Sport Awards annually to reward the best projects across the globe that use sport for positive social change and we should all be immensely proud of this achievement in what is the second time in four years we have taken out this award. Some of the other governing bodies short-listed for the award included, Major League Baseball, European Club Association and International Basketball Federation.

GM of Indigenous Strategy, Mark deWeerd, was in London to proudly accept the award on behalf of the NRL.

It’s also important to acknowledge that the result and recognition on the global stage would not have been possible without funding support from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the NRL clubs currently involved in the program’s delivery, and most importantly, the hard-working School to Work Team.

For more information on the School to Work Program head to

Acknowledgement of Country

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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