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Deadly Futures program runs on the Gold Coast and North Coast thanks to funding boost

At ETC, we are committed to giving back to local communities and making a positive impact on peoples’ lives.

That’s why we are proud to support the Titans Deadly Futures program, with $60,000 in funding as part of ETC’s Community Support Fund.

ETC’s funding has helped the program continue running on the Gold Coast, as well as expand into the Northern Rivers region of NSW – where it’s running for the first time!

What is the Deadly Futures Program?

Deadly Futures is a program that provides experience to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth in Indigenous Timelines, Cultural Identity, and Career Aspirations.

The program is delivered through a partnership between the Gold Coast Titans & the Preston Campbell Foundation.

During the program, students are guided on a journey to a greater understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture.

Preston Campbell, former Titan’s player and the only current life member of the team, founded the Preston Campbell Foundation in 2016 with the vision of inspiring and mentoring participants from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities by connecting culture, sense of place, and well-being.

Alongside his close partnership with the Gold Coast Titans, Preston led the way for the Deadly Futures program to flourish in local communities.

Deadly Futures Graduation Ceremony

Recently, the Deadly Futures graduation ceremonies were held in Casino and the Gold Coast to celebrate the achievements of local Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander youth.

This was the first time the program was operated in the Northern Rivers of NSW, and it was made possible thanks to ETC’s funding.

At the graduation ceremony, participants shared some inspiring stories and amazing feedback about the program.

“Before I started the program, I was heading down the wrong tracks, but I was set onto the program by my family, and it completely changed my life.”

“I’ve learned to speak up and the importance of community and being able to ask for help,” said one participant.

Deadly Futures Nomination

Ceharnie Martin, ETC’s Indigenous Services Manager, nominated Deadly Futures to be one of the recipients of ETC’s community funding in 2021, and was successful in securing $60,000 for the program.

“Being able to get ETC involved, not just in funding, but being so hands-on in the program is a really special feeling,” said Ceharnie.

At ETC, we are committed to reinvesting our profits back into the business and into the communities where we operate, and our $60,000 funding for Deadly Futures is just one example of our commitment to giving back and thanking those communities which continue to support us.

“It was a pleasure to be able to support the Deadly Futures program and see them expand into new communities,” ETC’s Board Chair, Rod McKelvey said.

We believe in the importance of supporting the youth in our communities, and we are thrilled to have been able to make a difference with our support for Deadly Futures.

We can’t wait to see what the future holds for these young individuals and the positive impact they will make in their communities.

Learn more about our 2020/21 round of Community Support Fund recipients >

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