Get Black On Ya Feet is an Indigenous mentoring program, which provides one-on-one engagement with local youth through Aboriginal Art and Culture. Co-ordinated by Koori Artist Daren Dunn, Get Black On Ya Feet has partnered with Bulldogs in the Community through the School 2 Work program, as well as helping the Bulldogs celebrate Close the Gap round.
NYC Bulldogs players including Denzel King, Moses Mbye, Jaelen Feeney and Patrick Templeman have supported Get Black On Ya Feet throughout the year, accompanying Daren to local schools and the Juniperina Juvenile Justice Centre. They have assisted Daren to mentor participants and encourage goal setting such as seeking meaningful employment and continued education.
The grant will assist Daren to expand the program and spread the Get Black On Ya Feet message to more of our communitys Indigenous youth.
Its not just once a year we come to the doggies to Close the Gap. The doggies are with us every week and thats the important thing, Get Black On Ya Feet co-ordinator Daren Dunn said.
Weve got over 900 kids [from Get Black On Ya Feet] now in full time school. When you get a strong club like the Bulldogs thats connected to the community behind you, its a great support.
Bulldogs CEO Raelene Castle was proud to support the Get Black On Ya Feet program.
This is a fantastic opportunity for the Bulldogs to continue supporting our local Indigenous Community. We are strongly committed to the Close the Gap cause and feel Get Black On Ya Feet is an excellent and innovative way to connect with Indigenous youth, Ms Castle said.
The announcement of the Get Black On Ya Feet grant wraps up the Bulldogs Close the Gap round activities celebrated at our home game against the Gold Coast Titans on Monday August 12.
Two unique jerseys hand-painted by Daren were auctioned, with over $2,200 in proceeds split evenly between Get Black On Ya Feet and Bulldogs in the Community initiatives.
Local junior league players from the Berala Bears looked great as they ran out with the team, wearing hats featuring Darens artwork. Thanks to Canterbury International for donating the caps.
Special guests at the game included Bankstown Elders, Aunty Marg and Aunty Jan, who performed the Welcome to Country ceremony prior to kick off. Christian Brothers High School Lewisham, participants of the Bulldogs School 2 Work program, performed a traditional Aboriginal dance.
School 2 Work student Jarrod Hill joined Daren Dunn to close proceedings by presenting the Close the Gap trophy a Daren Dunn hand-painted ball to winning captain Greg Bird of the Gold Coast Titans.