Kick On For Literacy 2018
On June 30, 2018 the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) hosted its annual fundraiser Kick On For Literacy. In conjunction with the club’s Indigenous program partner, the Epic Good Foundation, the Hawks worked with the ILF to raise much needed funds to support their work in creating meaningful literacy opportunities for Australia’s remote Indigenous communities.
The evening, hosted at the University of Melbourne’s Queen College, was a wonderful event highlighted by a touching performance from iconic Indigenous artist Archie Roach. The capacity crowd fell silent as Archie told a number of stories through his songs and touched on the important role literacy plays in his life, allowing him to write and perform his music.
Following Archie’s performance, the crowd were entertained with a light-hearted and hilarious debate on the premise that “the library is sexier than the locker room.” Retired Hawthorn premiership player Campbell Brown supported team members Tanya Hosch and David Lawrence in favour of the locker room, ultimately triumphing over Anita Heiss, Belinda Duarte and Graeme Simsion who were arguing on behalf of the library.
Event sales, raffles and auctions were further supported by fundraising efforts from celebrated author and lifetime ambassador of the ILF, Andy Griffiths, enabling Kick On For Literacy to raise more than $17,000 for the ILF.
Hawthorn Football Club are proud to have played a role in supporting our Indigenous community partners in what was a very successful and enjoyable evening.