Darens stunning hand-painted Aboriginal artwork will feature on a number of items for the game, highlighting the importance of working to improve health, life expectancy and education and employment opportunities for Indigenous people.
Bulldogs supporters will have the opportunity to own two very special and unique Bulldogs jerseys designed by Daren. These one-off hand painted jerseys featuring Aboriginal designs have been signed by the team and are a must-have for any avid Bulldogs supporter. They will definitely add a one of a kind item to any Bulldogs collection. Keep an eye on the Bulldogs website for details on how to bid on these items on Grays Online.
Proceeds from the jersey auction will go towards Get Black on Ya Feet, a mentoring programme run by Daren, providing one-on-one engagement with local youth through Aboriginal Art and Culture. The auction will reinforce the Bulldogs involvement with Get Black on Ya Feet, after a number of NYC Bulldogs players including Denzel King, Moses Mbye, Jaelen Feeney and Patrick Templeman have accompanied Darren to local schools and the Juniperina Juvenile Justice Centre, to mentor participants and encourage goal setting such as seeking meaningful employment and continued education.
Darens artwork will also be on display at Mondays game as the Bulldogs run on to the field. Bulldogs hats, generously provided by Canterbury International, have been painted by Daren and will be worn by the Berala Bears as they accompany our players on the field. The Berala players will get to keep the hats after the game, helping spread the Close the Gap message to our local juniors.
Captain Mick Ennis will wear specially painted boots as both teams compete for the Close the Gap trophy a hand-painted ball. Daren will present the ball alongside students from the School 2 Work programme at the game to the winning captain.
Thank you to Canterbury International for donating hats for the Close the Gap cause and to Daren Dunn, for giving so generously to the strong partnership between the Bulldogs and the local Indigenous community.