Raven became a participant in the Marrma’ Rom Foundation program in 2012 and stayed for 3 terms before deciding that he wanted to return to his home community of Galiwinku’. At the end of 2013 Raven contacted Cam and Melissa and asked if he could return as he felt he missed a great opportunity. The decision was made that he could return for the start of the 2014 school year. Raven entered at Year 11 and returned in 2015 to begin the journey towards graduating from Year 12. Unfortunately, Raven was only weeks away from graduating but did not return after the Garma festival. Sadly he had some funeral ceremonies to attend and he felt the pressure from family to stay for those important occasions.
During Raven’s time here he played some amazing football with the U/18 and Reserves Newtown football team and was also part of the St. Joseph’s school football team which won the school competition – a fantastic effort and achievement to be part of this team.
In 2017, Raven returned for a 3rd time and trained with the VFL Geelong Cats team and we supported Raven in a rental house living with Yirrmal, Lochlan Dhurrkay and Daniel Patterson. Raven trained hard and definitely had the potential to take it further however, again made a decision to return home.
We hope that Raven can make some good decisions in regards to his future and hope that he lives a happy and healthy life. He certainly learnt a lot whilst being part of the Marrma’ Rom Two Worlds Foundation. The growth that was witnessed by Cam, Melissa, teachers and footy coaches was commendable.