The Goodwood Saints FC wore an Indigenous Jumper during their Div 1 Adelaide Footy League clash with the St Peters Old Collegians FC last Saturday as an opportunity to highlight issues surrounding Domestic Violence in our community.  The GSFC partnered with Lendlease who have a commitment through their Reconciliation Action Plan to collaborate with partners and peers to have a collective impact in closing the gaps in education, employment, housing and health and wellbeing.

A stirring ‘Welcome to Country’ ceremony was delivered by Ms Kira Bain from the Tauondi Aboriginal College, and is depicted in the first photo attached.  The guests in this photo are:  From left to right – The Lord Mayor – City of Unley Mr Lachlan Clyne (partially obscured), Mr David Wark – White Ribbon Ambassador, Craig Scott – GSFC President, Mr Guy Fisher – representing Lendlease, Mr Greg turner – GSFC Recruiting Manager, Mr Derek Bonner – GSFC Football Director, Mr Ray Scales representing his sister and designer of the artwork Ina Scales, Mr Don Palmer – Unley Councillor and Ms Kira Bain – Tauondi Aboriginal College.

Goodwood Saints have taken this opportunity to show how a football club can bring community issues to the fore, to influence people’s thinking and to make a difference.  Lendlease and Goodwood Saints have partnered to raise awareness of Domestic Violence in our community and in particular the Indigenous Community – thus our link with White Ribbon.  Lendlease have made a commitment to assist in the closing of the gap in education, employment, housing and the health and wellbeing of Indigenous people and in particular the Kaurna people – the traditional owners of the land that we play our football on.  Lendlease have also donated a $1000 towards the APY Women’s Council Domestic Violence Program and have provided a $1200 scholarship to Concordia College for an Indigenous student.

The game was a spirited one with St Peters Old Collegians leading throughout the day. It was only in the dying minutes that Goodwood Saints took the lead and run out eventual winners by 6 points.  A special thanks must go to the St Peters Old Collegians for their support and respect shown throughout this event.

Photographer: Jayson Vowles

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