We first met Pemulwey Gillon when he contacted our Macleay Valley CEF, seeking assistance for his travel expenses from Kempsey to Canberra, where he is studying Archaeology at ANU.
The Macleay Valley CEF not only awarded him a $1500 grant (to help with travel costs and uni equipment) but also helped him access the Indigenous Youth Mobility Program (IYMP) – a fabulous program which supports indigenous students with subsidised accommodation and mentoring.
Pemulwey says he is very grateful for the grant but it’s not just about the money:
“It’s great to know the Committee has my back – it is so encouraging having people that believe in you,”
His parents are very proud too. According to Pemulwey,
“I think most of my hometown knows about what I’m doing because mum keeps stopping everyone in the street and telling them about my degree.”