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St Marys GJFC to celebrate NAIDOC week with newly designed jumpers

St Marys Greensborough Junior Football Club is acknowledging NAIDOC week with all 400 of its junior footballers wearing custom designed Indigenous Round jumpers on Sunday 11th July.

Club President Dean Arnel was proud that the club was able to provide the opportunity for all boys and girls within the club to wear the Indigenous jumpers. “it will be a special day, and aligns with our values of respect, inclusiveness, and providing an enriching environment for our families. It forms part of a number of things we will be doing during the week to acknowledge the contribution that has been made to the local area and to football from the Indigenous community” Dean said.

The St Marys Indigenous jumpers have been designed by Under 15’s player Taj Fazekas and his mum Shelley Ware in collaboration with Taungurung Elder and Artist, Mick Harding. A feature of the design is the Plenty River (Kurrum) that separates the clubs two home grounds.

Shelley, a well-known media personality and Indigenous Ambassador has long had a desire to have the club wear Indigenous jumpers. “So proud to have all of the players running out in an Aboriginal jumper. The feedback from players has been one of pride and excitement. We hope this weekend will be as special for everyone, as it will be for my family and the other Aboriginal families of St Marys.”

The junior club is proud to have a number of young Indigenous players, including (featured in the photo) Taitem and Reo Heta (Wiradjuri), Nate Moloney (Nunga) and Taj Fazekas (Yankunytjatjara and Wirangu).

So proud of my son Taj who worked with me to design the St Marys FC Indigenous Round Jumpers with Mick Harding. Can’t wait to see the whole club run out in them this weekend 🖤💛❤️ — Shelley Ware (@ShelleyWare) July 8, 2021

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