Richmond star visits old primary school to discuss the importance of National Buddy Day

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Media release - Wednesday 1 June, 2016

High-flying Richmond forward Jack Riewoldt will return to his former school, Montagu Bay Primary School to promote the Alannah & Madeline Foundation’s National Buddy Day – a joint initiative with NAB.

The initiative, which will take place on Wednesday 15 June 2016, celebrates friendships and helps raise awareness about bullying in primary schools.

Hundreds of Australian schools are expected to participate the day– developed by NAB and the Foundation – in a bid to help students form stronger relationships while raising awareness and funds for the Alannah & Madeline Foundation.

National Buddy Day also promotes the Foundation’s Better Buddies program, which pairs children in their first and last years of primary school to learn important values. This enables younger children to feel safe and cared for while older children feel valued and respected. 

Almost 2,000 Australian schools are participating in Better Buddies, of which NAB is the Principal Partner. The program complements existing school welfare programs and is easy to implement due to clear links with national curriculum initiatives.

Alannah & Madeline Foundation CEO Lesley Podesta thanked Riewoldt, Richmond Football Club and NAB for their wonderful support in ensuring both National Buddy Day and Better Buddies helped as many children as possible.

“National Buddy Day is an important way for us to highlight to students, teachers and parents the importance of forming strong and positive relationships within a school community,” Ms Podesta said.

“We look forward to National Buddy Day, so that the Foundation and NAB can celebrate its achievements in reducing bullying across the country.”

Riewoldt said it was a thrill to return to the school, especially given its involvement in National Buddy Day and Better Buddies.

“It really makes me proud to see my old school so passionate about the Alannah & Madeline Foundation’s programs,’’ Riewoldt said.

For the past 19 years, the Alannah & Foundation has helped protect almost 1.6 million children through its care, prevention and advocacy programs.

Your school can become involved in National Buddy Day by visiting

For more information about the Foundation go to


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