About Our Founder
Preston Campbell’s Journey
Once a shy little boy from a small country town who refused to hear that he couldn’t achieve grand things in life. Preston Campbell comes from Tingha, population less than 900, about 30km from Inverell in northern NSW. Preston started playing rugby league with the Inverell Hawks and made his NRL debut with the Gold Coast Chargers in 1998 as a diminitive winger. Since then he has played for the Cronulla Sharks, Penrith Panthers and the Gold Coast Titans.
Preston retired in 2011 after playing a staggering 267 NRL first grade games. Throughout his football years, he has been part of Premiership winning team, was awareded the Daily M Player of the Year but it is what he has acheived off the field which is just as inspiring. He received the Ken Stephen Medel in 2008, an annual award given to the NRL player to have contributed most significantly to the community.
Since retiring Preston has become one of Australia’s most influential sporting ambassadors, working tirelessly in the community as an Ambassador, with a huge focus on support individuals, families and communites across a wide range of fields.
Established in 2015
Preston Campbell Foundation
Established in 2015, the Preston Campbell Foundation is the genesis of the endeavour and passion of Preston Campbell and the team he inspires. The foundation supports Preston’s vision of developing programs and opportunities which inspire and mentor participants to achieve their aspirations and dreams by connecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with their culture, sense of place and wellbeing. Preston shares his journey with individuals, families and communities through a variety of learning forums to inspire all of us to ‘live above the line’.
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Preston and his team enjoy sharing their experiences with people. Preston keeps his messages simple yet effective.
The education program covers a broad range of topics aimed at supporting local school students in choosing pathways to success.
Training & Employment
Established in 2017, Presto’s Cafe (IUIH) hosts a range of training and employment opportunities for the community.
Our Board Members
Mr Williams-Weigel is a Mununjali man who, concerned with the holistic development of the young person, has worked across: primary, secondary and tertiary education fields; as well as in: health, school-to-work, mentoring support as well as educational and cultural camps for First Nations young people. Kiel is also a previous recipient of the National NAIDOC Youth of the Year (2011) and Griffith University Arts, Education and Law Young Alumnus of the Year (2012) awards.
Since retiring from the NRL Preston has become one of the Australia’s most influential community & sporting ambassadors, working tirelessly to support individuals, families and communities across a wide range of fields.
Mrs Linda Biumaiwai, a Mununjali woman, who has worked in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs for over 20 years. She has developed and implemented national and local programs to support Indigenous young people and students in Queensland schools, within the Australian Governement and across the not-for-profit and corporate industries. Linda is a member on various education committees and boards and dedicated to the promotion and recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ achievements and rights.