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To celebrate NAIDOC week, the Moree Suns AFL club debuted commemorative Indigenous-designed guernseys, funded through the Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations program.

A group photo of the Moree Suns

For AFL fans, the Sir Doug Nicholls Round (formerly the Indigenous Round) is a chance to recognise and celebrate the contributions of our First Nations people, with players across the competition wearing commemorative guernseys featuring designs by First Nations artists.

To mark NAIDOC Week, all players from the Moree Suns proudly competed in their special guernseys featuring art by local Indigenous artists Branden (Brando) Barker, Jamari Tighe and Jenica Haines. These artists are local, young Aboriginal people with a proud history in the community, with Brando playing for the Suns in the guernsey he designed.

NAIDOC Week’s 2021 theme was ‘Heal Country’, which calls for stronger measures to recognise, protect, and maintain all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage – including physical health and emotional wellbeing. The Moree Suns AFL club, established in 2015, is a local, family-friendly community sports club open to everyone and encourages the whole community to get active and be part of the team.

Inland Rail was proud to support this great initiative through our Community Sponsorships and Donations program. We’re also pleased to see the group give back to their local community by selling the guernseys at a recent charity auction. The auction raised over $1500, with funds going towards local organisations working with young people.

So far, more than $400,000 has been donated to more than 120 community groups across the 1,700km Inland Rail alignment as part of our Community Sponsorships and Donations program.

If you’re a local business or community organisation looking to organise projects, events or group activities, visit inlandrail.com.au/sponsorships to find out more and apply for a grant. The next round of applications opens on 1 August and closes on 31 October.

Learn about the Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations program.

A group photo of the WAFL Moree Suns

A group shot of the WAFL Moree Suns

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