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Voice For Change: How Majak Daw went from Sudanese refugee to AFL superstar

Last week, we caught up with the likes of Ecca Vandal, Urthboy, Diafrix, Sampa The Great and more to give you the lowdown on Voice For Change - a brand new community-focused project that champions creativity as a force to combat some of the issues affecting local youth today, inspiring the next generation to follow their dreams and ambitions. Now, we're getting to know each story individually. This week, we sit down with Majak Daw - the first ever Sudanese Australian to ever be drafted into the AFL, and a proud member of the Voice For Change team. 

How has your experience growing up in South Sudan made you who you are today?

 

Through adversity and growing with limited opportunities, I have learnt to appreciate what I have today.

 

What was the largest challenge you had to overcome to achieve your dream of playing AFL?

 

Working hard on the basic skills of the game. Living an elite lifestyle and having to improve from year to year.

 

What has playing sport taught you about community?

 

It has taught to always give back to the community, because young kids look up to their sporting idols.

 

Growing up, how did getting involved with AFL change your life?

 

It has given me the opportunity to live out every kids dream. To do what I love as job, but also given me a voice to influence people in a positive way.

 

What advice would you give to the next generation of migrants to use their voice for change?

 

Don't feel like you need to have a platform to influence each other. By speaking up about issues that matter the most, that's how you become a voice for change.

 

You love music – what influence did music have on your life growing up and what influence does it have now?

 

Music has helped influence me in positive ways, by being able to relate to lyrics of an artist or the journey they have been through. These days I listen to music for it's calming affect and find it to be an anchor.

 

Find out Majak's full story in this week's Voice For Change video installment:  

 

Stay tuned to the Voice For Change Facebook to keep up to date as each video installment rolls out. You can also head to their website and Instagram for more details.