John Kobelke

John Kobelke

Minister for Police and Emergency Services; Community Safety; Water Resources; Sport and Recreation

    Football hero inspires WA youth

    10/02/2005 4:17 PM

    The David Wirrpunda Foundation, a program which aims to inspire and educate Western Australia’s Aboriginal youth, was officially launched today by Indigenous Affairs Minister John Kobelke.

    At a ceremony at Balga Senior High School today, Mr Kobelke welcomed the new foundation as a positive step forward for young indigenous people in WA.

    “The foundation takes its name from and was the brainchild of a West Coast Eagles player, who is not only a champion defender, but he also has a long history of being a positive role model,” he said.

    “David Wirrpunda is deeply committed to his community work and he is a great source of inspiration for the young people he meets across the State.

    “He is a strong role model for healthy life choices to indigenous youth.”

    The Minister said through school visits, mentoring and counselling services, economic assistance and working with organisations to provide social and community services, the foundation would encourage indigenous youth to reach their full potential.

    “We are now seeing David Wirrpunda’s hard work in the community being formalised and reinforced through the establishment of a foundation that bears his name,” he said.

    “His foundation is one of several ways to ensure that indigenous youth enjoy the same opportunities as everyone else.”

    Mr Kobelke said David Wirrpunda had shown that unlimited opportunities were open to young people, when they received the right support and encouragement.

    “I congratulate everyone on the establishment of this foundation and look forward to seeing the young people involved reap the rewards by achieving the very best out of their lives,” the Minister said.

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