The JCU Townsville Fire will host the club’s inaugural Indigenous Round on Friday night during their top-of-the-table clash against Dandenong.
Over the past 18 months, the Fire has worked diligently on establishing a Reconciliation Action Plan to build closer relationships with North Queensland’s Indigenous communities.
On the night, the Fire will stage a welcoming ceremony with local elders as part of their activities, while the reigning Wattle Valley WNBL champions will also wear a specially designed playing uniform that has been created by Townsville artist, Toby Cedar, to represent the region’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island culture.
“It should be a wonderful occasion for the community and the club,” Fire General Manager Richard Goodbody said.
“We all have a responsibility to help Close the Gap and we want to lead by example.
“We’re extremely proud of the results that we have achieved in recent years with Indigenous youth – particularly through programmes such as Learn Earn Legend! – but we recognise that we still have a long way to go.
“This week’s game is merely the beginning of a long journey.”
The round 17 fixture was specifically requested by the Fire to coincide with the eighth anniversary of Kevin Rudd’s apology to the Stolen Generation.
Among the other club-planned activities includes a half-time function with North Queensland Cowboys legend Matt Bowen, who has recently returned to the club to take up a position in their community engagement department with a focus on Indigenous communities.
The Fire and the Rangers tip-off at Townsville RSL Stadium from 7pm on Friday.
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