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Abigroup teams up with Red Dust Role Models to help disadvantaged indigenous youth

16 February 2010

Abigroup has joined forces with health promotion charity Red Dust Role Models to help improve the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged youth in remote indigenous communities.

At a ceremony held at Abigroup’s Melbourne office today, Abigroup’s Managing Director David Jurd signed a partnership agreement with Red Dust’s Managing Director John Van Groningen, formalising Abigroup’s $100,000 contribution to Red Dust’s Lifestyle Education Program.

Red Dust’s Lifestyle Education Program involves visits by high profile sports and music figures and other positive role models to remote indigenous communities across the Northern Territory.

The role models, who are all volunteers, spend a minimum of four days in indigenous schools and health clinics, building relationships and facilitating mentorship with disadvantaged youth, while conveying important health and education messages.

Abigroup Managing Director David Jurd said, “At Abigroup we believe in making a difference in our community. 

“That’s why, as part of our sustainability program Ability, we’re supporting the good work being done by Red Dust Role Models in helping the development of disadvantaged indigenous youth through the Lifestyle Education Program.”

Red Dust’s Managing Director John Van Groningen said, “Red Dust is excited about our newly established partnership with Abigroup.

“This is a significant partnership as Red Dust and Abigroup have a strong value alignment around improving the health and education of indigenous youth living in remote communities.

“Red Dust's mission of enriching the lives of indigenous youth and the objective of Abigroup’s national sustainability program are amazingly complementary.”

Today’s ceremony was attended by Red Dust’s International Ambassador, former Australian test cricket captain Allan Border and Australian Sports Ambassador, former Western Bulldog’s AFL star Luke Darcy.

Allan Border said, “I am committed to Red Dust because I can see the positive influence they have on the health and wellbeing of indigenous youth in remote, disadvantaged communities.

“Abigroup's support of Red Dust will help us develop our resources, expand our health promotion program and engender positive changes among indigenous youth in Australia and also overseas.”

Abigroup’s support for Red Dust forms part of the company’s sustainability program - Ability. As part of this program, Abigroup plays an active role in the community through corporate giving activities.   

Watch video of the signing of the Agreement.

Find out more about Red Dust.



L to R: Red Dust MD John Van Groningen, Australian Sports Ambassador Luke Darcy, International Ambassador Allan Border & Abigroup MD
David Jurd


John Van Groningen & David Jurd
sign the agreement

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