On the field, footballing great Graham “Polly” Farmer was known for creating opportunities for others.
Now the philanthropic foundation established in his name is creating opportunities off the field to continue his legacy.
The AFL will announce tomorrow that this year’s Indigenous Round will be played in Farmer’s honour.
His daughter Kim Farmer said she hoped her father’s philanthropic work would be as much a part of his legacy as his sporting prowess. “It was fantastic for him to have success on the football field but at the time there really weren’t that many places someone like Dad could go,” she said. “His vision wasn’t just to have more great Aboriginal footballers.”
Instead, she said, her father wanted to open doors for Aboriginal people to pursue careers in whatever industry they wanted.