Government restrictions permitting, Kalamunda Rugby Club will host the inaugural Indigenous Round this Saturday as they welcome Wests Scarborough RUFC to their home ground for the game.
As the community begin their preparations ahead of NAIDOC week beginning Sunday, 4th of July Kalamunda club will kick off on the 3rd of July in their limited edition and custom designed playing jerseys. Created by aboriginal artist Kevin Bynder, the jerseys along with the original painting will be auctioned off after the game and all proceeds being donated to the Bibbulmun Fund.
The Bibbulmun Fund invests in targeted community projects that are run by community members and that have support from local leaders, whilst encouraging, supporting and inspiring Indigenous communities across Australia. The fund inhibits Doornjil Yoor-dininy, ‘coming together to create and sustain partnerships for mutual growth’. Australia’s largest Aboriginal owned stationery supplier, Kim Collard has a vision of economic Aboriginal community development that is funded by The Bibbulmun Fund, who invests into the development of the Indigenous communities.
Kalamunda Rugby Club are proud hosts to the 2021 Indigenous Round event which will include Round 12 of the Fortescue Premier Grade matches. RugbyWA assisted in the drive and community engagement of the Indigenous Round to celebrate the upcoming NAIDOC week. Driven by the rugby community and wanting to engage, recognise and celebrate the history, culture and achievement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. As a governing body, RugbyWA aims to ensure its promotion that rugby is a game for all, an inclusive sport that will be celebrated this Saturday.
The Gilbert Rugby ball will be used throughout all Fortescue Premier Gradematches by our community, is host to an intricate and detailed design. Designed by artist Phirom Sok, the magpie seen on the ball is part Kulbardi’s local WA Bibbulmun Fund project. The black and white colours of the magpie represent both Indigenous and non-Indigenous businesses coming together to make a difference to the lives of Indigenous people.
Subject to Government advice, RugbyWA hopes that current restrictions will be lifted so that the community, players and clubs have the ability to play and celebrate the Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander culture ahead of NAIDOC week.