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Abigroup lends a hand to role model program

Abigroup has contributed $100,000 to Red Dust’s Lifestyle Education Program, which involves visits by high-profile sports and music figures and other positive role models to remote indigenous communities across the Northern Territory.The role models, who are all volunteers, spend a minimum of four days in indigenous schools and health clinics, building relationships and facilitating mentorship with disadvantaged youth, while conveying important health and education messages.Abigroup managing director David Jurd and Red Dust Role Models managing director John Van Groningen signed the partnership agreement at a ceremony in Melbourne yesterday.At the ceremony was Red Dust’s international ambassador, former Australian test cricket captain Allan Border, and Australian sports ambassador, former Western Bulldogs AFL star Luke Darcy.Border said: “I am committed to Red Dust because I can see the positive influence they have on the health and wellbeing of indigenous youth in remote, disadvantaged communities.“Abigroup’s support of Red Dust will help us develop our resources, expand our health promotion program and engender positive changes among indigenous youth in Australia and also overseas.”Abigroup’s support for Red Dust forms part of the company’s sustainability program, called Ability. As part of this program, Abigroup plays an active role in the community through corporate-giving activities.

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