Mabo Matati Mununggurritj joined the Marrma’ Rom – Two Worlds Foundation for orientation in the last part of Term 4, 2013, to get a taste of what life was like down here in Geelong. He arrived just as the weather turned cold and wet and left 4 weeks later when the weather returned to temperatures he was more used to. The four weeks he spent down here were extremely busy and very different to life up in Yirrkala and Garrthalala his homeland where he spends most of his time. Mabo was very quiet in the beginning, as are all the boys when they first arrive, but by the end of the four week orientation he had really opened up.
Mabo was certainly not shy when it came to performing on stage, joining ‘Yirrmal and the Yolngu Boys’ and Shane Howard only days after he had set foot in Geelong. Mabo is a very talented didj player, singer and dancer. He was also a very handy footballer making a great contribution to the Newtown U/18 football team. Mabo made the most of his time here in Geelong however at the end of Term 3 2014, he made the decision to return to his community. His grandmother was very sick at the time and he wanted to be close to his family. We enjoyed having him as part of the program and wish him well in the future. Mabo is still playing great footy and we believe he is working back in Yirrkala, which is a great result.