Planning is underway for the sixth annual Murlpirrmarra Connection’s cultural football carnival between the Wiluna Martu Eagles and the Dalkeith Nedlands / Subiaco Giants Junior Football Club.
This year’s carnival will take place under lights in Wiluna over the long weekend of 30 May – 2 June 2014. The yearly carnival brings together young players from the Wiluna Martu Eagles and the Dalkeith Nedlands Junior Football Club in a unique team-building weekend that combines highly skilled football with educational activities and plenty of fun for all.
The collaborative event was conceived in 2009 by Michael Wilson (Golden West Resources / Murlpirrmarra Connection Director) and Peter Dawson (Murlpirrmarra Connection Director).
The first encounter between these two vastly different locations and cultures was in 2009 and took place at the Dalkeith Nedlands Junior Football Club’s home ground in Dalkeith with the Wiluna Martu Eagles team and supporters making the 1200km trip to Perth. 2010’s event took place in Wiluna, 2011 was held at Rottnest Island, 2012 was held back in Wiluna and last year’s Cultural Football Weekend was conducted in Dwellingup.
It has rapidly become a major event on the junior football calendar and an important celebration of team spirit, cultural understanding, respect, and healthy living.
Last year’s event – “The Wiluna Martu Eagles Cultural Football Weekend 2013” - took place in Dwellingup and its surrounding areas and was enjoyed by over 110 players, parents and supporters. The weekend was packed with activities, including team building exercises, cultural awareness sessions, and tours of the area surrounding Nanga Bush Camp.
The annual carnival culminates with the highly-anticipated football match between the two young teams and the presentation of the Wilson–Dawson Perpetual Cup.
The 2014 event partners who have most generously contributed to travel, accommodation, facilities and activities include:
BHP Billiton, Global Construction Services, GWR Group, SMS Rental, Toro Energy, Blackham Resources, Rosslyn Hill Mining, Cameco Australia, Newmont, Reclink Australia, CDNTS and the Shire of Wiluna.
Former World Heavy Boxer, Joe Bugner attended and supported this event 2009 through 2011 inclusive
and former WAFC Chairman Grant Dorrington and board member Larry Kickett will be attending this year’s event as they have for the past two.
Murlpirrmarra Connection's mission is to engage Wiluna's Indigenous youth in educational facilities by building strong relationships with Wiluna families, encouraging, supporting and
offering the children educational options. In addtion, Murlpirrmarra Connection creates and implements community initiatives to increase the wellbeing and health of Wiluna's population.
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