4 June 2019: On 16 December 2018, the UC Capitals played their first Indigenous round in the Club’s 34-year history in the WNBL.
The UC Caps players fronted up in a specially-designed Indigenous uniform that echoed the important place and role that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures have within the University of Canberra.
After the Round 10 game, the UC Capitals’ jerseys were auctioned off online with the money raised going to the Wanniassa-based Aboriginal Youth Centre, Gugan Gulwan.
General Manager of the UC Capitals, Lucille Bailie, said that she is extremely proud of the contribution and was thrilled with the opportunity to give back to the community.
“Sport has a tremendous platform to be able to make an impact so it’s important we use that platform responsibly.
“Donating 100% of the proceeds to support the important work of Gugan Gulwan is another way for us to demonstrate our club’s values of inclusiveness and diversity and to recognise and celebrate the Indigenous contribution to our club and local community,” said Ms Bailie.
The online auction of the uniforms raised $5,000, with an additional $1,500 was contributed by Kamberra Indigenous Cleaning.
Upon receiving the money raised in a handover ceremony at the University, Gugan Gulwan Executive Director, Kim Davison, said the funds would be used across a range of programs offered by the organisation.
“Gugan Gulwan is delighted to be the beneficiaries of funds raised by the auction … The organisation deals with some of the most disadvantaged youth in the Canberra region and there are never enough funds to meet demand. The funds raised are welcomed by the organisation and will definitely be utilised to assist young people and their families,” said Ms Davison.
Gugan Gulwan works with people through programs that go well beyond the services provided by most youth centres, including support to parents and families, focusing on skill development for young people.
Kim says her organisation offers services to at least 200 youth through managed case programs, as well as group programs involving mentoring for young men and women. There is a street beat service, mediation to resolve family issues, and the celebration of cultural events.
The money raised by the online auctioning of the UC Capitals jerseys will help Gugan Gulwan continue their incredible and important role in Canberra.