Polly was a Noongar man, born in the south west of Western Australia in 1935. His journey to success wasn’t always easy and he faced his challenges. However, he made the most of his upbringing and was grateful to those who helped him along the way.
As well as his success on the football field, perhaps his greatest achievement setting up the ‘Polly Farmer Foundation’ in 1994.
“I was fortunate in being successful in football. Now I want to put something back into helping Australian people achieve their aspirations.”
The Foundation has grown from the Gumala Mirnuwarni “coming together to learn” program of 23 students in Karratha in 1997 to over 2500 students participating annually in 57 primary and high school programs around Australia.
Whilst Polly’s contribution to football helped to change the game, his Foundation has changed the lives of thousands of young Indigenous Australians through being provided opportunities and support to succeed at school and pursue their chosen careers, talents and interests.