GO Foundation Mentoring Day
6 August, 2021
The two Gawura secondary students currently funded by Adam Goodes and Michael O’Loughlin’s GO Foundation had a wonderful mentoring day late last month, online.
The GO Foundation are wonderful supporters of Gawura and of our students and we are so thankful to have their support. Their mentoring days give students a chance to connect with founders Adam Goodes and Michael O’Loughlin and with each other. They also connect students to GO Foundation partners like Twitter and GHD and always have cultural lessons.
Last week Adam Goodes let the students know that yes, everyone is doing it tough and missing being around friends and family and in his case, playing sport and training but that we need to stay strong. Michael O’Loughlin said how great it was to see the GO Family together and for students to see each other, ask questions and have a yarn.
The guys talked about how much strength they have drawn on over the years from their culture and how empowered they feel to have learnt more and more. Adam said when he shares experiences of culture with people they love it and he encouraged the kids to do the same, like when asked to do an Acknowledgement, do it with pride.
They also encouraged the kids to stay focused ‘’So much gets in the way of what you want to do. Stay true to your journey,” Adam Goodes said “and remember that education is really important.”
The day ended with a mentoring session with former NRL player Jonathan Wright, a proud Gamilaroi/Dunghutti man who got everyone up to dance and then ran a mentoring session looking at family and identity, Songlines, kinship and goals.
GO Foundation’s support of Gawura over the past four years has been outstanding. Their values and love for the kids shine through everything they do. We thank GO Foundation for their continuing support.
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