June 27, 2012
Fronting the cover of this year’s Gold Coast White Pages® is retired professional footballer Preston Campbell, honoured for his efforts helping young indigenous people achieve their goals.
Preston is recognised under the theme, A Helping Hand, The Aussie Way, for his work promoting reconciliation and helping indigenous communities through the National Rugby League’s (NRL) All Stars game and his own community work.
In 2010, Preston helped launch Australia’s first indigenous All Stars game as an opener to the NRL season. Featuring indigenous players, the All Stars game promotes reconciliation and raises money that football clubs distribute to indigenous charities within their communities. In 2011, the funds helped take education, welfare and health programs to more than 24,000 youth from varied cultural backgrounds.
Since retiring from football last year, Preston now devotes his time to community work. Travelling to indigenous communities with the backing of his former club, the Gold Coast Titans, Preston organises local football matches and mentors indigenous youth.
“I am passionate about the work that I do in the community and empowering young indigenous people to achieve their goals. It’s not just essential for communities, but, on a personal level, it has helped make my transition from playing to retirement so much more enjoyable,” Preston said.
“To be recognised in this way is a surprise – I just hope it doesn’t upset any Brisbane Broncos fans that might live on the Gold Coast.”