A GROUP of 40 locals will be heading to the MCG this weekend to watch Collingwood clash with GSW Giants as part of a multicultural big day out, thanks to a collaboration between AFL Goulburn Murray and Shepparton Police.
With the focus on multiculturalism and community engagement the locals will be hosted by AFL Goulburn Murray staff, Multicultural Community Ambassadors and Shepparton Police on the bus trip, which will leave Sheparton in the morning on Sunday and return in the evening after the game.
Shepparton Police Multicultural Liaison, Matthew Walker is looking forward to seeing his beloved Magpies live in action.
“For many of the people attending the game, it will be the first time they have been to a live AFL game.
“It’s all about community integration and promoting AFL in the local multicultural communities and Shepparton Police are pleased to be able to support such a great initiative.”
AFL Goulburn Murray Multicultural Community Ambassador, Sam Atukorala is looking forward to seeing the MCG first-hand along with community members.
“AFL is such an important component of the Australian culture and this event will help to promote the game to members of our local multicultural communities.
“We will have representatives from the Afghani, Indian, Sudanese, Sri Lankan, African and other communities along for the day.
“AFL builds bridges to the broader community and creates opportunities for young people to participate in local sport to assist in their physical, social and emotional development.
“The MCG is an amazing stadium and the experience of a big AFL game will be an absolute treat for all of us,” Sam said.