AFL announces Multicultural Ambassadors
The AFL and Australia Post has announced 10 AFL players as this year’s Multicultural Ambassadors as part of the Australia Post Community Inclusion Partnership.
As Multicultural Ambassadors, Nic Natanui, Leigh Montagna, Bachar Houli, Joel Wilkinson, David Rodan, Harry O’Brien, Israel Folau, Karmichael Hunt, Majak Daw and Ahmed Saad represent some of the many diverse backgrounds in football and will encourage individuals and groups to unite through their love of the game.
Speaking at the launch on earlier this week, AFL Chief Executive Officer Andrew Demetriou said the AFL was proud to partner with Australia Post, an organisation which also values the importance of connecting people and communities.
“It is critical our game responds to, and reflects Australia’s changing demographics. Australian football has the extraordinary power to bring people together regardless of their background and we respect this position enormously.
“We’re genuinely excited to provide 10 players with the opportunity to become leaders in the community, promoting the benefits of inclusion and diversity. Equally, I’m sure the AFL industry will benefit enormously from the insights and cultural guidance these players will provide,” said Mr Demetriou.
Australia Post Managing Director and CEO Ahmed Fahour said the Multicultural Ambassadors were a valuable part of the partnership, which will help strengthen bonds formed in local communities.
“I’m excited by the opportunities that we have to enrich the lives of individuals and communities right across Australia, by using footy as a vehicle for social inclusion.
“With 140 nationalities and 70 different languages, our people truly reflect the rich diversity of the community we serve.
“This partnership combines the nationwide accessibility of Australia Post’s networks and our passion for diversity with the AFL’s extraordinary capacity to bring people together,” said Mr Fahour.
Throughout the year, the Multicultural Ambassadors will work with local groups towards uniting individuals and communities across the country.