The QBE Foundation, the charitable arm of the global insurer, has donated $10,000 to the GO Foundation (GO) in support of their work championing Indigenous education and mission to expand their scholarship program.
GO founders and Swans greats Adam Goodes and Michael O’Loughlin were presented with the donation at the SCG on Friday.
QBE Foundation Chairperson Sally Kincaid said the donation was part of QBE’s mission to make a real difference to the communities it operates within. “We strive to be the insurer that builds the strongest relationships with customers – of all backgrounds and cultures and, as one of Australia’s largest insurers of Indigenous communities, we’ve long been committed supporting and celebrating Indigenous Australians,” she said.
Co-Founder and Non-Executive Director of GO Michael O’Loughlin said the grant would directly fund the expansion of their scholarship program to public schools with plans to issue the first public school scholarships in 2018. “The QBE Foundation has been a strong supporter of the GO Foundation since the beginning. Support from organisations like QBE help the GO Foundation provide more opportunities to Indigenous youth and through education give them a brighter future. This donation will be used to extend the GO Foundation scholarship program for the first time into public schools.”
The donation presentation took place at the Sir Douglas Nicholls Indigenous round which is an annual AFL initiative that formally recognises and celebrates Indigenous Australian players and culture.
The Swans also showed their support for the round by kicking off the match by running through a GO banner and wearing special edition Indigenous themed guernseys on the night.
Sydney Swans CEO Andrew Ireland said the club commended the generosity of QBE.
“The QBE Foundation’s generous donation of $10,000 to the GO Foundation will make a huge difference for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students,” Ireland said.