On 1 June 2021 Balarinji and Moriarty Foundation co-founders and Directors Yanyuwa man John Moriarty AM and Ros Moriarty were presented with a UNESCO Achievement Award for their work in giving voice to Australia’s Aboriginal narrative and improving the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Presented by His Excellency, the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia and Mrs Lan Le, patrons of the Adelaide Chapter of UNESCO Clubs, Australia’s only UNESCO Club, the achievement award recognises Ros Moriarty and John Moriarty’s outstanding contribution to society.
Chair of Balarinji and Co-Chair of Moriarty Foundation, John Moriarty, said, “We are immensely proud to receive this global honour.”
“Balarinji has been a trailblazer of Aboriginal design in Australia for more than 35 years, celebrating and giving voice to Aboriginal people, culture, art, stories and knowledge through projects that have helped to shape Australia’s foundational identity.
We have an incredible team who are committed to authentic engagement, co-design and respect.”
“As part of our commitment to Aboriginal Australia, in 2011 we established the Moriarty Foundation with the aim of radically shifting intergenerational disadvantage for Indigenous children, families and communities. Our programs are achieving 11 of the 16 Closing the Gap targets, recognised by our partnership with global leader UNICEF (Australia),” added Mr Moriarty.
Managing Director of Balarinji and Co-Chair and Hon Managing Director of Moriarty Foundation, Ros Moriarty, said, “Moriarty Foundation’s two initiatives, John Moriarty Football and Indi Kindi are community-driven, authentic and transformational. Every day our dedicated local educators, community coaches, team leaders and head office staff are creating immense positive change in remote and regional communities to disrupt disadvantage.”