“St Joseph’s College Geelong developed a relationship with the Marrma’ Rom Two Worlds Foundation in 2011 through agreeing to provide academic scholarships to the boys involved in the program. The St Joseph’s student body has been exposed to traditional Aboriginal culture through the presence of the boys in the school. The overall result has been a positive culture change at St Joseph’s and a strengthening of our Indigenous focus across the school”.
“The Aboriginal boys have also benefited greatly by attending school at St Joseph’s College and living in the Geelong community. Their numeracy and literacy levels have improved dramatically and they have had the opportunity to take part in a wide range of extra-curricular activities that would have otherwise not been possible. The boys have also fully immersed themselves in the Geelong community predominantly through their traditional music and sport”.
“St Joseph’s College is committed to the Marrma’ Rom Two Worlds Foundation and the work undertaken by Cameron Begg and Melissa Patterson to make the program successful. We look forward to continuing our relationship with the foundation into the future”.
“I have had the pleasure of being involved with Dion, Jerol, Mabo and Raven at the Newtown Chilwell Football Club where they are currently playing in our Colts Team. To have these young men from the Marrma’ Rom Two Worlds Foundation around the club is fantastic not only for them but also for the other players from Newtown to share and learn about each other’s culture. I believe the Marrma’ Rom Two Worlds Foundation is a fantastic program that exposes the boys to Western Culture where they can truly learn to walk in both worlds”.
“I recently had Yirrmal Marika stay with me for several days to do some songwriting and I was impressed with his confidence, judgement, sense of responsibility and eagerness to learn. He is a fine young man and is destined to not only be a role model in his home community but an important contributor in the shaping of our nation’s future. His participation in the Marrma’ Rom Two Worlds Foundation programme has been instrumental to his progress”.