In a statement, the insurer said that $500,000 was directed to Collingwood Football Club’s (CFC) Barrawarn Program to build on their initiatives supporting First Nations communities – including a housing program, a crisis hotline, a youth development service, and their partnership with Indigenous leadership training specialists Dardi Munwurro (strong spirit).
Meanwhile, another $500,000 was directed to the Australian Human Rights Commission’s national anti-racism campaign “Racism. It Stops With Me” to provide tools and resources to help people and organisations learn about the issue.
Ramana James, safer communities executive general manager at CGU Insurance, said the contribution demonstrates the insurer’s belief in “positive change to help create a more inclusive society.”
“Every Australian should have equal opportunities in life, and it starts with health, housing, education, and employment,” said James. “CGU is a significant supporter of reconciliation in Australia and we’re proud to support the ‘Racism. It Stops With Me’ campaign, and to work with Barrawarn and Dardi Munwurro to promote diversity, inclusion and belonging in all our communities.”
For his part, David Emerson, executive director of CFC Community Foundation, said the contribution will help them expand their existing work under the Barrawarn Program to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
“We’ve proudly partnered with Dardi Munwurro since 2016 on a range of initiatives to empower First Nations people through employment and education opportunities,” said Emerson. “Among other initiatives, this contribution will help expand the reach of Dardi Munwurro’s crisis hotline and world-first residential healing and behaviour change program.”