Martin Place will witness hundreds of swimwear-clad revellers today as they take to the streets for the fifth annual Strut the Streets, a parade which raises money for the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME).
AIME runs a program around Australia which aims to see every Indigenous student finish school at the same rate as non-Indigenous students.
Wallabies player Kurtley Beale and Waratahs player Pat McCutheon will participate in the event, stripping down to fluoro budgie smugglers for the cause.
AIME CEO Jack Manning Bancroft said in a statement: “This is the fifth year that we’ve run Strut the Streets and we’re aiming to raise $200K for AIME to help us on our path to engage 10,000 Indigenous high school students annually across Australia by 2018, with every participant finishing school at the same rate as every Australian child.”
A number of artists will perform for the crowd in Martin Place, including Daryl Braithwaite, Australia’s Got Talent runner up Dean Brady and Triple J Unearthed Indigenous Music Award artist and AIME program manager Robbie Miller. DJs Danny Clayton, Shantan Wantan Ichiban and The Faders will play for parade participants at an after party to be held at Ivy Pool Club.
Tourism Australia CEO Andrew McEvoy said in a statement: “I really encourage Sydneysiders and our international visitors alike to get down to their swimmers, have some fun and strut Sydney’s streets in style. It’s such a memorable way for people to experience Sydney and raise awareness for an important cause.”
Tickets to the event cost $50 which includes entry to the after party from 2pm. Participants will need to be in Martin Place at 12.30pm for a 1pm parade kick off.
Funds raised during the event will help AIME on its path to engage 10,000 Indigenous high school students annually across Australia by 2018.