QBE and GO stand together for Indigenous education

The QBE Foundation, the charitable arm of Australia’s largest global insurer, demonstrated its ongoing support for the Indigenous community by donating $10,000 to the GO Foundation at Friday night’s annual Marn Grook match at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).

Marn Grook at the SCG is held annually and celebrates the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players to AFL. Friday’s game between Sydney and Carlton marked the 17th year of this tribute match and acknowledged National Reconciliation Week, with the win and Marn Grook Trophy going to Sydney.

In announcing the donation, QBE Foundation Chair Bettina Pidcock and former Swans great and GO Foundation Co-Founder, Michael O’Loughlin, stood together to share their collective vision to empower through education.

The QBE Foundation is a founding partner of the GO Foundation, which aims to create opportunities for Indigenous youth through education.

Ms Pidcock said the contribution demonstrates QBE’s mission to make a real difference to the communities in which it operates.

“As one of Australia’s largest insurers of Indigenous communities, we’ve long been committed to supporting and celebrating Indigenous Australians. Our relationship with the Swans and GO means we can make meaningful contributions towards the education of Indigenous youth and help inspire and provide opportunities,” she said.

“QBE aims to give people the confidence to achieve their ambitions, and we’re incredibly proud to be involved in an initiative that aligns so closely with this.”

Mr O’Loughlin said the funds donated by QBE would be used to resource GO’s scholarship students.

“The QBE Foundation has supported the GO Foundation for many years and we are so grateful for their generous ongoing support,” he said.

“QBE’s donation will support the GO Foundation’s public school scholarships and provide much needed resources and tools to our students. Laptops, at-home Wi-Fi, books, uniforms, excursions, school camps, musical instruments, sports equipment, coaching, and even food at the canteen, all become possible with GO public school scholarships.”

The Swans showed their support for the round by wearing Indigenous themed guernseys, designed by New South Wales artist Cheryl Davison.

Sydney Swans CEO and Managing Director Andrew Ireland said the club commended QBE’s contribution, which has been consistent since the Swans first competed in the Marn Grook round in 2002.

“QBE has been with us through every step of this journey and has a long history of also supporting the GO Foundation, our Marn Grook charity partner that empowers Indigenous youth through education,” said Mr Ireland.

The QBE Foundation donated more than $1 million to charities in 2017 and facilitates thousands of volunteer hours to charitable causes throughout the year.