Stars is pleased to announce a new partner – Bank of Queensland (BOQ) – which generously hosted a fundraising lunch in Melbourne last week in support of our work.
The lunch was the first in a series of events being organised by BOQ to raise funds for Stars Foundation, with fundraising lunches also planned in Sydney and Brisbane. BOQ is also supporting Stars through its annual Cycle Tour, running from 21 to 22 June.
The Melbourne lunch was a fantastic success, with inspirational speeches from AFL Indigenous legend and Stars Regional Manager, Michael ‘Magic’ McLean, and Stars Founder and CEO Andrea Goddard.
Michael spoke about his extraordinary career as an elite football player, which began in 1982 when, at the age of 16, he was recruited by the then Footscray Football Club and became the first Territorian to play in the VFL/AFL.
His inspirational leadership has continued post football, where he has captained, coached and inspired his people, as well as working for more than 20 years to support Indigenous youth at risk.
Andrea spoke about the journey she undertook to establish Stars Foundation and her determination to develop a program that would provide the highest level of support and mentoring to Indigenous girls and young women.
Stars is immensely grateful to BOQ for their generous support of our work in supporting the education, health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls and young women.