Stand with Goodesy, wear the T-shirt
With Goodesy is an initiative started by a group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous friends, who want to show support for Sydney Swans’ Adam Goodes and what he stands for during the finals of this year’s AFL season.
Sam Lockwood from the Sydney band The Jezabels and some friends were all recently sharing their dismay at the booing of Dual Brownlow Medalist, Captain, Premiership Player and 2014 Australian of the Year, Adam Goodes. We experienced it first hand as well, when we attended a game at the SCG the other week and inadvertently ended up sitting among a bunch of opposition supporters who booed his every touch.
So it’s time to do something about it.
What can be done? There has already been a wide show of support with #istandwithAdam trending immediately on social networks, so a collaboration between Indigenous & non-Indigenous Australians has been formed.
Torres Strait Islander artist Zac Bennett-Brook and designer Matt Roden were approached and they have created a t-shirt design that people can wear proudly to show they’re With Goodesy. Peter Garrett is wearing one at the top of the page.
These t-shirts are available for purchase online, so grab one now to show your support during this finals season!
All proceeds will go to Adam Goodes’ and Michael O’loughlin’s GO FOUNDATION, an organisation created to empower young Indigenous Australians, giving them a brighter future through the benefits of a quality education and mentoring.
In conjunction with the With Goodesy T-Shirt launch, Aboriginal organisation YARN Australia will be hosting public workshops (yarn circles), facilitating conversations on racism, culture, and 227 years of shared Australian history. YARN Australia works to create safe spaces for all Australians to come together using the power of stories to build relationships between non-Indigenous Australians and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The upcoming conversations are a unique opportunity for Australians from all walks of life to discuss racism and national identity, as well as learn about Australia’s first people and the oldest living continuous culture in the world. Head to YARN to book your spot at an upcoming yarn circle or put forward your backyard or workplace as a location for YARN Australia to host one.
With the intention to create a highly visible campaign to show we are behind Adam Goodes, people who purchase the T-shirt are encouraged to email their photos to firstname.lastname@example.org to become part of the ever-growing online With Goodesy slideshow.
Adam Goodes tough stance on racism in Australia is something that we should all support. The With Goodesy campaign is a means to do so. Grab your shirt here.