Supporting Moi’s ambition to help heal his Country
Moigida (Moi) Loban is a proud Badulgal man from the island of Badu and a proud Maluilgal and Guda Maluigal man from the western region of the Torres Strait in far northern Australia.
Deloitte is sponsoring Moi to complete his secondary schooling at Churchie Grammar in Brisbane. This is through the firm’s longstanding relationship with Yalari, a not for profit organisation which provides education scholarships for Indigenous students from regional, rural and remote communities.
In March 2021, we caught up with Moi, who is now in Year 11, to learn more about his journey. “Coming to Brisbane five years ago was a massive contrast to where I grew up, which was all about my culture and heritage. There were no other Torres Strait Islander boys. So, it was lonely at first.” Moi said.
He quickly immersed himself in academic work and sport, playing basketball and volleyball as well as being a mentor to younger boys. On school holidays, Moi returns to the Torres Strait island of Badu to go hunting and fishing with his father, a ranger who is passionate about preserving the reef.
Moi remains very connected to country and wants to use his education to study marine biology so he can go back home and help heal the oceans and lands of the Torres Strait.
“I want to specialise in coral. Each time I go back home, I notice the coral bleaching and that crayfish are getting scarcer. I’d like to use my education to help the environment and hopefully make the world a better place.”
Yalari spokesperson Jenni Heenan thanked Deloitte “… for your amazing and continued support to bring about generational change. We could not support our Indigenous students without the belief and support of like-minded organisations like Deloitte.”