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Date posted: 26 November 2013
Former banker and lawyer Andrew Penfold was inspired to start the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF), after losing 12 friends in the 2002 Bali bombings and raising $2 million for the families of victims. Mr. Penfold started the AIEF in 2004 when he realised that he could utilise his fundraising skills to help others less advantaged than himself.
The AIEF provides 400 scholarships per year for young Indigenous Australians to attend many of Australia's top schools. Among current recipients is Kyle Derrick from New South Wales (NSW), who this year, as a part of his secondary education, was able to represent Australia in the NSW 2013 Rugby League Aboriginal Young Achievers Tour of England and France.