HOlly Kramer joins GO Foundation Board

(Photo: Steve Christo)

The GO Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Holly Kramer to its board.

Kramer, who was the CEO of Best & Less, is a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of Woolworths, Australia Post and AMP. She also serves on the Board of regional community-owned Telco Southern Phones.

Having held senior management roles in Australia and abroad across a number of industries, including for Ford Motor Company, PBL, Telstra and Pacific Brands, Kramer’s knowledge and expertise will be invaluable for GO.

Kramer says she looks forward to continuing the outstanding work of GO and working closely with others on the GO Board including Sam Mostyn and Ken Boundy.

“It is a really exciting time to be joining the GO Board”

GO Foundation CEO, Shirley Chowdhary, says Kramer’s appointment is an exciting one for GO.

“Holly’s experience in business and not-for-profit organisations will be invaluable to the GO Foundation as we embark on an exciting period of growth.”

The GO Foundation was founded in 2009 by Swans champions Adam Goodes and Michael O’Loughlin. GO provides merit-based scholarships for Indigenous students. It relies on the generosity of corporate and private donors. GO exists to empower young Indigenous Australians through education.

Co-Founder and Non-Executive Director of GO, Michael O’Loughlin, said “It is amazing to have someone of Holly’s calibre join our Board. Adam and I are always seeking the best and are absolutely rapt that Holly has chosen the GO Foundation. We are excited for a fabulous 2017.”

For more information about the GO Foundation, please visit go-foundation.org or email info@gofoundation.org.au

GO Family BBQ

The GO Foundation Christmas Party on Sunday, 4th of December 2016, at Shore. Sydney, Australia (Photo: Steve Christo)

On Sunday 4 December, the GO Foundation held its first annual Family Barbeque.  It was a great evening and wonderful opportunity for our GO scholars, their parents, the GO Board of Directors and staff, and all our families to meet and get together. What a wonderful way to end the school year!

Adam and Michael got to play some footy with the students and their siblings and the parents and students were able to speak to them at length. The parents were also able to speak to each other about their experiences and the opportunities presented to their children. It is definitely going to be an annual event in the GO calendar.

The GO Foundation Christmas Party on Sunday, 4th of December 2016, at Shore. Sydney, Australia (Photo: Steve Christo)

Thanks everyone for making it such a great event and in particular to SHORE School for the use of their beautiful grounds and facilities. 

We would like to thank the following sponsors for their most generous donations and assistance in putting on the BBQ:

Brazilian Barbeque Catering

Porters Liquor Chatswood

Shore School

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IDENT (David Nethercott 0412 377 391)


Event Organiser – Hilda Takemoto (0439 493 528)

The GO Foundation Christmas Party on Sunday, 4th of December 2016, at Shore. Sydney, Australia (Photo: Steve Christo)

The GO Foundation Christmas Party on Sunday, 4th of December 2016, at Shore. Sydney, Australia (Photo: Steve Christo)

GO Director joins Board of the Sydney Swans

Last week, the Sydney Swans announced that GO Foundation Director and former AFL Commissioner, Sam Mostyn, is joining the Club’s Board of Directors. She will replace retiring Director Andrew McMaster, who has served on Sydney’s Board since 1995.  

Mostyn brings a wealth of experience to the Swans, with expertise spanning corporate and government affairs, business, legal affairs, sport, social inclusion and the arts.  

In 2005, Mostyn was the first woman appointed to the AFL Commission. During 11 years in that role she was a strong advocate for the AFL’s Respect and Responsibility policies and Indigenous programs, as well as being a driving force in the development of a national women’s league. 

Mostyn is currently a Non-Executive Director of the GO Foundation, Virgin Australia, Mirvac, CoverMore and Transurban. She is the President of the Australian Council for International Development, the Chair of Carriageworks and Citibank Australia, and the Deputy Chair of the Diversity Council of Australia.  In addition, she is on the Board of The Climate Council and ClimateWorks Australia.  

Sydney Swans Chairman Andrew Pridham has welcomed Mostyn to the Swans and thanked outgoing Director Andrew McMaster for his service.  

“We are thrilled to have Sam joining our team. She has been a trailblazer for women in football and a strong advocate for social inclusion – which aligns with our football club’s core values,” Pridham said.  

“Sam is not only passionate about our sport, she also has wealth of business and corporate knowledge across a range of industries, which will be a valuable addition to our Board.



GO expands to South Australia



The GO Foundation is expanding to South Australia with a new scholarship program established at the University of South Australia (UniSA).

Swans Chairman and UniSA graduate, Andrew Pridham, recently presented a $5 million cheque to the university to go towards its new great hall, now under construction in Hindley Street in Adelaide’s CBD.

The signature building, which will now be known as Pridham Hall, will house multipurpose sports and graduation venues.

Pridham’s philanthropic gift is being further recognised by the South Australian State Government, which will augment the donation with an additional $1 million to create two new perpetual scholarship programs.

The Goodes O’Loughlin UniSA GO Scholarship will recognise outstanding academic merit by high-achieving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students seeking to study at the university and expand the work of the GO Foundation.

The second Elite Athlete Scholarship will support high-achieving sportspeople to attain their university education at UniSA.

Co-founder of the GO Foundation Michael O’Loughlin says it’s a fantastic result for GO.

“Having worked with and known Andrew Pridham for many years I am really proud to see how his personal generosity will make a difference in my home state of South Australia,” O’Loughlin said.

“We are very grateful to the State Government for taking this opportunity to launch important scholarships that will advance the educational and sporting opportunities for not only Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, but all students who want to pursue their dreams but that might be otherwise held back by lack of funds.

“This is a great example for all those who are interested in giving back to society.”

GO Foundation appoints inaugural CEO

Shirley Chowdhary has been appointed as its inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the GO Foundation.

Shirley Chowdhary has been appointed as its inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the GO Foundation.

The GO Foundation is pleased to announce Shirley Chowdhary has been appointed as its inaugural Chief Executive Officer.

Chowdhary joins the GO Foundation with a wealth of global experience having worked for a top tier New York law firm, international banks JP Morgan and Westpac, and a number of not-for-profit organisations.

Founded in 2009 by Swans champions Adam Goodes and Michael O’Loughlin, the GO Foundation exists to empower young Indigenous Australians through education.

The GO Foundation provides merit-based scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to attend some of Australia’s best schools. It relies on the generosity of corporate and private donors.

Chowdhary says she looks forward to building on GO’s strong foundations.

“I’m honoured to be working with Adam and Michael who are exemplary role models and dedicate so much of their time to giving back to the Indigenous community,” Chowdhary said.

“The work of the GO Foundation is vital and can make a far-reaching difference, not only to the students, but also to their families and communities.

“As a result of the tireless work of our high-calibre board, we now have a chance to create even more opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and empower them through education.

“I am so excited about the future of GO.”

Swans great Adam Goodes says he’s rapt to have someone of Chowdhary’s distinction lead the GO Foundation into the future.

“Michael and I are really happy with the process we went through to find our inaugural CEO,” Goodes said.

“I never thought we’d get such an amazing person for the role as we do in Shirley.

“I’m really excited about Shirley’s willingness to learn, ask questions and challenge, and I really see her taking the GO Foundation to another level.”

Help the GO Foundation empower through education by donating at www.go-foundation.org/donate/.

For more information on the GO Foundation including Chowdhary’s appointment, please call (02) 9339 9191 or email shirley@gofoundation.org.au.


QBE Match Day Charity Function

QBE hosted a fantastic Match Day experience on Saturday August 6, when The Sydney Swans took on Port Adelaide Power.

Entertainment, food, footy and fun was generously provided to Sydney Swans Charity Partners and QBE Foundation Partners, as their way of saying thanks.

The GO Foundation was kindly invited as a Sydney Swans Charity Partner to join the festivities.

Sally Kincaid from QBE, GO Directors Ken Boundy and James Gallichan, and GO CO-Founder Michael O'Loughlin at the function.

Sally Kincaid Chief HR Officer at QBE, GO Directors Ken Boundy and James Gallichan, and GO CO-Founder Michael O’Loughlin at the function.

Other Sydney Swans Charity Partners include:

QBE Foundation Partners:

The GO Foundation would like to thank QBE for their amazing hospitality at this event.

GO Foundation to take centre stage at SCG

The GO Foundation will be front and centre at the SCG on Saturday when the Sydney Swans host Port Adelaide.

To celebrate the Swans and QBE’s 30-year partnership, the GO Foundation logo will be proudly on display as the players prepare for their Round 20 match.

Ahead of their clash with the Power, Sydney Swans players will warm-up in special t-shirts featuring the logos of 11 different charities as well as the No. 30 on the back. The t-shirts will be signed and auctioned to help raise vital funds.

Lance and Dane

Lance Franklin and Dane Rampe wearing the GO Foundation’s charity runout t-shirts.

QBE Australia chief executive officer Tim Plant said the campaign is about recognising the important work done by those who do so much to support the community.

“QBE’s 30-year partnership with the Sydney Swans has put QBE front and centre at every Swans game,” Plant said.

“In QBE’s Week of Giving we want to celebrate our partnership by showcasing our charity partners, as well as raise some important funds along the way.

“The charity runout t-shirts will be worn by Swans players during the warm-up as well as for the much-anticipated traditional curtain-raiser between the Sydney Swans Legends and QBE brokers.

“We’ll also use the SCG big screens to help raise awareness of these organisations and showcase the important work they do.”
Sydney Swans Managing Director and CEO Andrew Ireland said the Swans are excited to help QBE give back to the community.
“QBE has been part of our Sydney Swans family for the past 30 years. It’s a wonderful milestone that we’re looking forward to celebrating in Round 20 at the SCG,” Ireland said.
“For QBE to use this match to highlight the work of charities speak volumes about the kind of organisation QBE is – they’ve supported us for 30 years and also give to the community through their Foundation and charity work. We’re really looking forward to being part of QBE’s Week of Giving.”
QBE will also host special guests of the charities in a unique match-day experience in the QBE Clubroom at the SCG.

QBE’s Week of Giving will recognise the following charity partners:


QBE Foundation partners

Brainwave aims to provide practical assistance and emotional support to children with neurological conditions, as well as their families and carers, to positively impact their quality of life.

Camp Quality’s purpose is to create a better life for every child living with cancer in Australia.

Guide Dogs Australia assists people who are blind or have a vision impairment gain freedom and independence to move safely and confidently around their communities to fulfil their potential.

The Big Issue
is a not-for-profit social enterprise that develops solutions to help homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged people positively change their lives.

 The Kids’ Cancer Project is an independent national charity dedicated to supporting childhood cancer research.

The McGrath Foundation raises money to place McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities right across Australia, as well as increasing breast awareness in young Australian women.

Habitat for Humanity is a not-for-profit organisation providing affordable housing for low-income families in need.


Sydney Swans charity partners

The Cerebral Palsy Alliance helps to raise awareness and enhance the lives of people with cerebral palsy and enable their full participation in the community.

The GO Foundation exists to empower young Indigenous Australians, giving them a brighter future through the benefits of a quality education and mentoring.

The Jodi Lee Foundation’s mission is to empower people to take active steps to prevent bowel cancer and live healthy lives.

Redkite is an Australian cancer charity providing essential support to children and young people (0–24 years) with cancer, and the family and support network who care for them.

Big lunch, big dreams


Adam Goodes and Michael O'Loughling address a packed house during the Go Foundation's Big Lunch on Thursday.

Adam Goodes and Michael O’Loughling address a packed house during the Go Foundation’s Big Lunch on Thursday.


Some of the biggest names in Australian sport gathered in one room on Thursday to throw their support behind “a young organisation with big dreams”.

The GO Foundation, fronted by founders Adam Goodes and Michael O’Loughlin, hosted The Big Lunch inside Citi Bank’s Park Street headquarters with the aim of raising valuable funds.

MC’d by John Mangos and attended by former sports stars Steve Waugh, Adam Gilchrist, George Gregan, Phil Kearns and Anthony Mininchello, proceeds raised through individual donations and an auction will go towards scholarships which in turn will provide Indigenous Australians with opportunities to attend quality schools.

The Sydney Swans’ very own Jude Bolton and Lance Franklin were also in attendance.

While the GO Foundation was the brain child of two sporting greats, the former reaffirmed that their scholarships are designed to provide vital support for academics chasing their dreams.

“These scholarships and the kids we target are all about academics and where they want to be when they finish uni,” Goodes said.

“We’re targeting these kids who need that extra support around them to be whoever they want to be.

“We all look different as Aboriginal people, we all want different things, these kids’ passions are around education and we want to help them.”

After a welcome from GO Foundation Chairman Mr. Peter Meurer, author and poet Mick Colliss entertained the crowd with a story of how his dream to represent Australia became a reality.

Then it was onto the Q&A, first with Goodes and O’Loughlin then with three absolute legends of Australian sport in Waugh, Gilchrist and Gregan to end proceedings.

Established in 2009, the GO Foundation has 17 students currently on fully-funded scholarships with six added in past 12 months.

With vital help from supporting partner the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF), Goodes and O’Loughlin are striving to increase that number by year’s end.

For more information on the GO Foundation and to donate visit https://www.go-foundation.org/

See some of the best shots from the afternoon below.

Go Foundation Chairman Mr. Peter Meurer kicks the afternoon off.

Guests are treated to a highlight reel of Adam Goodes and Michael O’Loughlin.

Plenty of laughs when Mick Colliss took to the stage.

Premiership player Jason Ball enjoys the festivities.

Lance Franklin shows his support for his good friends in Goodesy and Micky O’.

MC John Mangos chats to Goodesy and Micky O’.

Premiership teammate of Adam and Mick’s, Jude Bolton, was all ears.

Adam Gilchrist on the panel alongside the two GO Foundation founders.

Gilchrist alongside former skipper Steve Waugh and former Wallaby George Gregan.

Goodesy shares a laugh with his good mate.