The AFL’s annual “Dreamtime At The G” game last Saturday night became a dual celebration for Adam Goodes and Michael O’Loughlin as the GO Foundation was the recipient of a $500,000 grant from the Federal Government to assist with the provision of scholarships for young Indigenous students.

Arriving at the MCG with the traditional “Long walkers”, Michael and Adam were part of the pre-game on-field festivities before joining Prime Minister Tony Abbott for the half-time funding announcement.

Federal funding for the Foundation will provide an enormous boost, as Adam explains: “The funding we have received from the Federal Government is a great kickstart for what we are planning to do. It’s so great that the Government can share our vision and wants to help us really get GO going. It has been a long four years to get to this point, but with the help of our Board, the Sydney Swans and now the Federal Government, we’re really ready to kick some goals.”

Michael O’Loughlin agrees. “After a long time spent getting the structure of the GO Foundation as we want it, we’re starting to see some real progress. With the support of our benefactors, and now the Federal Government, we can continue to help young Indigenous boys and girls to grow and hopefully become the next generation of leaders in this great country.”