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Moriarty Foundation

Moriarty Foundation

Help us enable Aboriginal families and communities to unlock the potential of their children.

Moriarty Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation founded by Yanyuwa man John Moriarty AM, the first Indigenous footballer (soccer) to be selected to play for Australia, and Ros Moriarty, author and business owner at the request of senior Aboriginal Law Women in Borroloola, a remote community in the Gulf of Carpentaria, NT, who wanted to see their grandchildren educated. 

We succeed because we are Indigenous-founded, Indigenous-delivered, embedded, holistic and authentic. 

Your support will help us deliver our locally-led programs that are dedicated to improving life outcomes of Indigenous children. 

Our core programs are Indi Kindi and John Moriarty Football (JMF). They are built on an in-depth, regional, cultural and structural knowledge of Indigenous communities and have a strong focus on culturally relevant teaching and connection to community and Country.

Every week we reach over 2,200 Indigenous children and 20 public schools in 18 remote and regional communities in NT, NSW and Qld through our interrelated initiatives, John Moriarty Football (JMF) and Indi Kindi. We are achieving proven progress in 13 of the 17 Closing the Gap targets. 

Indi Kindi is a groundbreaking early years program for children under five in remote Aboriginal communities. It integrates health, wellbeing, education and development to give children the best start in life. Indi Kindi’s sector-leading, culturally-embedded learning on Country model ensures young Aboriginal learners thrive.  

Indi Kindi reaches more than 300 children in the remote Northern Territory communities of Borroloola, Robinson River and Tennant Creek. Our local Aboriginal educators implement Indi Kindi’s innovative “Walking Learning” outdoor teaching model enabling movement, freedom and creative expression suited to the cognitive strengths of Aboriginal learners.

JMF is Australia’s longest running and most successful Indigenous football initiative for 2-18 year olds. JMF’s transformational skills program uses football for talent and positive change. It has a track record of improving school attendance and achieving resilient, healthier outcomes for Indigenous children.

The JMF Scholarships and Pathways program provides a life-changing pathway for talented young footballers aged 10-18 years old in our grassroots JMF program who show exceptional sporting ability and a desire to work hard at school. The program’s inaugural scholarship holder Shadeene Evans has played for Sydney FC and Adelaide United in the A-League, and was selected as a Young Matilda and named vice-captain. 

We place the child at the centre, the family around the child, the community around the family and the nation around the community.


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