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Round 23 of the 2013 Telstra Premiership will see the National Rugby League supporting one of Australias largest health awareness campaigns; Close the Gap.

The main initiative of the program is to promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health within the Australian society and close the metaphorical gap detected in the community.

The primary goal of Close the Gap is to call on the Australian Government to develop a comprehensive National Action Plan with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, to subsequently increase access to health services.

The Close the Gap campaign has attracted immense support from the Australian public, with more than 185,000 signatures found on the official pledge so far. With the rising level of community support, the campaign encourages real and meaningful partnerships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities and health services.

Parramatta Eels halfback Luke Kelly thrived when he was involved in the NAIDOC Week celebrations held at Parramatta Stadium against the Penrith Panthers. Kelly wore specially designed rugby boots to honour his heritage, which were painted in an Indigenous art style.

Luke is excited for the Eels upcoming clash against the Brisbane Broncos this Friday. Earlier in the week he commented on the Close the Gap campaign and its significance in Rugby League.

Being Indigenous, its very important for myself and other Indigenous players in the team," he said.

Its a good round that really raises awareness on health issues and education issues amongst Australian society."

Its a great initiative from the NRL and well definitely be supporting it."

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