Former AFL player Michael Long and Head of AFLNT Stuart Totham were handed the keys of two new Toyota 4WD vehicles for the Michael Long Foundation as part of an ongoing partnership with Telstra to support the education activities of its Learning and Leadership Centre.
The Michael Long Foundation engages students across the Northern Territory through education and employment pathway programs and is nationally recognised for its remote football projects.
“The Foundation’s work in Indigenous communities is critically important in helping develop key future life skills and behaviours, while keeping a close connection to culture.” Long said.
The Michael Long Learning and Leadership Centre program is designed to improve student leadership and engagement in education through a 15-week community-based program and one-week leadership camp at the Centre.
“The popularity of AFL in the Territory provides an ideal way to inspire and engage Indigenous communities to promote education, health, wellbeing and employment outcomes through the power of football,” Totham explained.
“Telstra’s ongoing support will enable the Michael Long Learning and Leadership Centre staff to continue to access remote communities and continue having a positive impact on the lives of even more young Indigenous Territorians.”
The two fully maintained Toyota Prados vehicles have been supplied by Telstra for two years, extending an existing vehicle support arrangement that has been in place since late 2018.
“Telstra has been a long-time sponsor of the AFL so we are pleased to extend this community partnership that sees us provide two fully maintained 4WD vehicles for the Michael Long Learning and Leadership Centre.” CEO of Telstra Andrew Penn said.