The GO Foundation was formed in 2009 by AFL Sydney Swans stars Adam Goodes and Michael O’Loughlin to close the gap for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students through education, journalist Sue Osborne writes.
It started in the NSW town of Dareton. With a population of approximately 600, around a third of whom were of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage, Dareton was GO’s initial foray into community work.
For three years, GO participated in various community programs, including presentations on healthy lifestyle, vocational training for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, the donation of sports uniforms and equipment to local schools and the donation of $20,000 worth of playground equipment and fencing for the local community centre.
In 2014, the GO Foundation refined its focus to education, believing that education was the key to creating a brighter future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
The GO Foundation established its board of directors and partnered with a number of individuals and organisations who believed in the mission of the GO Foundation. The Sydney Swans, Allens Linklaters, QBE and KPMG are all Founding Partners.
Initially it provided scholarships for students to attend independent schools. It has evolved into something much more holistic over the years, creating what it calls a "student ecosystem”. The GO Foundation now works with public schools too.