As a part of their Indigenous Round celebrations, award winning aboriginal artist Daren Dunn was at Sharks training today with a couple of different purposes in mind.
Dunn, who designed the Indigenous round jersey the Sharks will play in against the Cowboys this weekend, dropped in to deliver specially painted boots to a number of the players, including Ben Barba, Wade Graham, Jack Bird and Jayson Bukuya.
The boots have been personally and individually painted by Dunn, the 2015 NAIDOC Artist of the Year, with the players to proudly wear the boots this weekend.
Dunn also brought students from the Oak Flats High School from near Wollongong as well as from the Lurnea High in Sydney’s south west to Sharks training, schools which participate in his ‘Get Black on Ya Feet’ program.
‘Get Black on Ya Feet’ is a mentoring, leadership and Indigenous Art program which is a proven and effective way to increase Aboriginal youth, child and community engagement.
The program uses culture and art to engage young people and communities and has been successfully implemented within both the Government and Private Education Sectors, NSW Department of Health, Juvenile Justice and other community and group programs.
The students watched the players go through their paces at training, interacted with the Sharks NRL squad following the session and helped Dunn deliver the painted boots.
To find out more about Daren Dunn or the ‘Get Black on Ya Feet’ program, click on the following link - http://alenarraart.com.au/index.html.
The match day sponsor for the Indigenous Round and the Sharks v Cwoboys clash is the Sutherland Heart Clinic.