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The Newcastle Knights were a part of the National Aboriginal Torres Straight Islander Children’s Day celebrations at an event at John Hunter Children’s Hospital on Monday.

Patients and their families from the Children’s Hospital gathered at the event, which featured guest attendances from the Newcastle Knights including veteran Knights player and mentor Ashley Gordon as well as NYC players Jacob Gagai, Pride Peterson-Robati and Jayden McKenny.

In following this year’s theme, ‘Kids in Culture- Strong, Proud, Resilient’, the event which was held in the Starlight Room at the John Hunter Children’s Hospital, highlighted the importance of focusing on cultural respect when treating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients and their families.

The event was an initiative of the Aboriginal Health in Partnership with Children, Young People and Families Close the Gap Strategic Planning Committee, which is just one of the initiatives implemented by Hunter New England Health as part of the wider Closing the Gap strategy.

The day highlighted the collaboration between services and community organisations and the importance of recognising and acknowledging the importance of culture for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children.

The Knights are set to celebrate the Close the Gap Round on Sunday, August 17 at Hunter Stadium for the Round 23 game against the New Zealand Warriors and will wear their specially designed Indigenous jersey.

The Newcastle Knights were proud to be involved in the important event and pleased to again support the John Hunter Children’s Hospital.