UC Capitals to raise money for local Indigenous NGO for Inaugural Indigenous Round

December 12, 2018 | UC Capitals news

Through an Indigenous-designed jersey auction and a donation appeal at their upcoming home game, the University of Canberra Capitals will raise money for local Indigenous NGO, Gugan Gulwan.

A major goal of hosting an Indigenous Round for the UC Capitals was to give back to the community from which the club derives, Ngunnawal Country.

Gugan Gulwan Youth Aboriginal Corporation was created to support young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and their families, in the ACT and surrounding regions to thrive and succeed. The organisation commits to protecting, nurturing and supporting children, youth and their families throughout each stage of life.

Kim Davison, Executive Director of Gugan Gulwan, said that they are very excited that the UC Capitals thought of partnering with their organisation for the Indigenous Round.

“A strong commitment of Gugan Gulwan is to support young people as they grow in making healthy lifestyle choices and decisions. By having this event it further provides opportunities for our young people and strengthens positive relationships and team building skills,” said Ms Davison.

Gugan Gulwan offers a range of group programs such as Young Men’s mentoring Group, Young Women’s Group, Drop-in Music Program, Tutoring Program, Parenting Our Way Program and School Holiday Program.

Ms Davison said that the UC Capitals support will assist Gugan Gulwan in their year ahead.

“The funds raised by the UC Capitals Indigenous round will directly benefit our community members through our annual events and practical assistance including educational resources, sporting registration and equipment and children’s activities,” said Ms Davison.

The mandate of Gugan Gulwan is twofold. The first is to work with, and through, their many partners to establish a system of services and supports that strengthen families and help those of our children and youth who are experiencing vulnerability. The second is to lead advocacy and effective policy development on issues that affect all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and youth.

Ms Davison is supportive of the UC Capitals hosting the Indigenous Round as an effective tool for community capacity building.

“The Indigenous sporting round is a fantastic platform for the community and embodies participation and engagement. It brings the community together to share successes, showcase our talent, build community spirit and positivity,” said Ms Davison.