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2022’s Wadjemup Cup at Rottnest Island

Dec 14, 2022

Programmed was thrilled to be part of this year’s Wadjemup Cup on the Wadjemup-Rottnest Island, off the coast of Perth, Western Australia.

Programmed Facility Management’s Head of Western Australia and Resources, John Pirie and Island Operations Manager, Dan Hunt joined over 130 students from the Clontarf Football Academy for the 16th annual Wadjemup Cup – a round-robin Aussie Rules competition.

Photos courtesy of Rottnest Island Authority

Students in Year 8 and 9 travelled from around the State – as far north as Carnarvon and as far south-east as Esperance – to vie for the coveted Wadjemup Cup for 2022. Spectators cheered on the teams at the free community event.

Programmed provides a range of services on the Island, including maintenance, cleaning and luggage delivery. We provided sponsorship support to the event, as well as coordinating the spectator marquee and event infrastructure.

The Wadjemup Cup is a Clontarf Foundation initiative run in partnership with the Rottnest Island Authority and has been taking place annually on the island for more than a decade. The event provides an opportunity for Aboriginal students from across the State to test out their footy skills against their peers, forge new friendships, and learn about the Aboriginal cultural significance of Wadjemup.

Photos courtesy of Rottnest Island Authority

The Clontarf Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that works to improve the education, self-esteem, and employment prospects of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander boys to help them participate more meaningfully in society.

Dan Hunt took the opportunity to pull the footy boots back on and take part in a match with some of the youngsters.

John also took time to catch-up with Gerard Neesham, AFL player and coaching star, and Hon Klara Andric MLC, representing the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.

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