Followmont Transport has partnered with the Clontarf Foundation for the next 12 months following a financial contribution.
The 12-month partnership launched this week sees Followmont contributing $75,000 to assist the Clontarf Foundation’s mission of providing education and employment opportunities to young men from communities across Australia.
The Clontarf Foundation strives to improve the lives of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men.
Followmont Transport Managing Director, Mark Tobin, was joined by Partnerships Manager for Queensland, Anthony Mitchell, at the Eagle Farm head office to officially announce the new partnership.
A key focus for Followmont Transport is its commitment to giving back to the community and making a difference in people’s lives.
Tobin and the Board of Directors are passionate about building a better future for the next generation and using profit for a purpose.
They continue to invest in their business and communities to create a sustainable legacy that provides security and opportunities for their teams, their communities, and the organisations they partner with.
Tobin said it is this passion that drives him to use his platform in the transport industry to contribute to wider society.
“Personally, it’s what gets me out of bed each day, striving to provide opportunities, pathways, job security, prioritising diversity and adopting new sustainable practices, all so we can build a better future,” he said.
“We are honoured to contribute to this incredible foundation that is making a significant difference to so many lives.”
The Clontarf Foundation exists to improve the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem, and employment prospects of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and by doing so, equips them to participate more meaningfully in society.
Launched in 2000 with a single academy located at the Clontarf Aboriginal College in Waterford, Western Australia, the programme catered for 25 students and was operated by two staff members, including founder and current CEO Gerard Neesham.
More than 20 years on, the Foundation operates 148 academies in WA, NT, QLD, NSW, VIC and SA, supports more than 11,000 participants and employs over 560 dedicated staff members.
Through the use of supportive relationships and environment, the boys develop improved self-esteem and confidence which enables them to participate in education, employment and prepare for their future.
Since 2000, Clontarf has helped more than 6,300 young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men complete Year 12 and find employment.
Many of them have gone on to have successful careers, purchase property, start their own young families and maintain healthy and fulfilling lives.
Commenting on the work of the foundation, Tobin, said he was impressed with Clontarf’s program and connection at grassroots level.
“Witnessing their approach and meeting some of these young men myself, I was blown away by the warmth, enthusiasm, and energy, not only of the boys but the team behind Clontarf,” he said.
“They have created an amazing model that sees these great young men receive mentoring and support to help them successfully transition through school to the workforce.
“We are honoured to be a partner of Clontarf Foundation and I look forward to seeing the positive impact we can have together in 2023.”
In other news: After reporting a $14 million investment in 2022 towards new and modern fleet equipment, Followmont Transport accepted delivery of nine new prime movers over nine days in the lead up to Christmas.