Titans 4 Tomorrow hit road to support NAIDOC Week
Monday 8 July 2013 4:34 PM
With NAIDOC Week officially kicked off, the iSelect Gold Coast Titans and Titans 4 Tomorrow are covering some serious kilometres to best recognise and discover Indigenous culture.
When the Titans travelled to Darwin last week to host the Penrith Panthers, the entire squad arrived a week early to mix with the locals and experience their culture.
“The players spent time with many of the local Indigenous communities, including a remote visit to the Tiwi Islands,” said Game Development and Community Manager Renee Cohen.
Indigenous players Greg Bird, Ryan James, Albert Kelly and Aidan Sezer visited inmates at the Don Dale Correctional Centre. They spoke about their own personal challenges and how they came through the other end after making positive life choices.
“This was a really inspiring visit that was well received. The inmates were even able to test their skill against the Titans players in a friendly game of footy,” Renee said.
Meanwhile, former Titans’ star Preston Campbell and Clinton Toopi are currently on Mornington Island delivering the Titans’ Achievement Program - helping to re-establish Rugby League in the community.
“The Indigenous community is thrilled to have the boys up there this week. The activities being rolled out will be used as a vehicle for a new sport and leadership program for both boys and girls,” said General Manager of Player and Community Development Matt Francis.
When he returns, Preston will address staff from Origin and Shell to raise cultural awareness and provide the history behind NAIDOC Week.
Titans 4 Tomorrow star graduate Taneshia Atkinson will also be using her own journey to inspire staff who are returning to work with Thiess. The 19 year old will talk about the importance of NAIDOC Week and what she gained from the Titans 4 Tomorrow program that she was involved in two years ago.
Capping off the celebrations will be a special Indigenous tribute planned for the iSelect Gold Coast Titans’ home game against South Sydney on 27th July.
This year celebrates the 50th anniversary of the presentation of Yirrkala Bark Petitions to the Federal Parliament. In August 1963, the Yolngu people of Yirrkala in north east Arnhem Land sent two bark petitions protesting the Commonwealth’s granting of mining rights on land excised from Arnhem Land Reserve and sought the recognition by the Australian Parliament of the Yolngu peoples’ traditional rights and ownership of their lands.
NAIDOC Week is now celebrated by many government agencies, schools, local councils and workplaces.
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