Jobs Events Advertise Newsletter

The AFL and Yokayi Footy pay tribute to Uncle Jack Charles

Tamati Smith -

Australia's football fraternity has paid tribute to Uncle Jack Charles following news of his death on Tuesday.

Uncle Jack was a prominent figure on NITV's Yokayi Footy and had featured as the voice of the 2022 AFL finals advertising campaign.

The AFL is yet to confirm if any tributes will be observed at this weekend's AFLW Indigenous Round.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the AFL said Uncle Jack was a talented and strong Elder.

"It is with deep sadness and respect the AFL acknowledges the passing of the exceptionally talented and strong Uncle Jack Charles," they said.

Uncle Jack Charles died aged 79 on September 13, 2022.

"A wonderful and powerful artist, who generously brought his unique gifts in may forms, we are exceptionally grateful for his work enhancing the story of 2022 Toyota AFL Finals series."

"Vale Uncle Jack."

The AFL paused all marketing featuring Uncle Jack following his death, but have since gained permission from his family to continue the advertising with an acknowledgement.

Noongar woman and Yokayi Footy executive producer Karla Hart said Uncle Jack was royalty to Indigenous people.

"Uncle Jack, ngany koort winyarn noonooka boordiya kalyakoorl," she said.

"The hand you were dealt and the life you made with the love you gave to all was nothing short of incredible.

"Everywhere you went you made everyone so happy, you always had time for a photo and a yarn"

Uncle Jack Charles performed a monologue on Yokayi footy celebrating the contribution of Indigenous people as our modern day warriors.

A tribute will broadcast for Uncle Jack Charles.

   Related   

'I'm off to the Tigers', Turuva tells Penrith teammates
Sunia Turuva has told his Penrith teammates he will exit the club at the end of...
Scott Bailey 25 Apr 2024
Marlion Pickett learns fate for striking incident during ANZAC Eve blockbuster
Marlion Pickett has avoided a major sanction from the AFL’s Match Review Officer...
Jarred Cross 25 Apr 2024
Dolphins poach Kuli from Cowboys on three-year deal
The Dolphins have regenerated and energised their forward pack with the signing...
Joe Gould 25 Apr 2024
Sharks adamant Trindall absence won't derail NRL season
Nicho Hynes insists Cronulla's season will not be derailed by Braydon Trindall...
Scott Bailey 25 Apr 2024

   Tamati Smith   

Wa
Rio investment fuels far-reaching Pilbara Indigenous ranger program
Rio Tinto will invest $5.6 million over five years into the Pilbara Cultural Lan...
Tamati Smith 7 Nov 2022
Hilux converted into roving karaoke and movie machine for remote Kimberley communities
A trusty Toyota Hilux has been converted into a roving entertainment machine to...
Tamati Smith 4 Nov 2022
A win is a win – Noela Heron first in her family to complete tertiary education
Grandmother Noela Heron says having family nearby when she graduated with a Dipl...
Tamati Smith 1 Nov 2022
West Australian Aboriginal corporation rejects push to move AGM clashing with sorry business
Members of the Jambinu's (Geraldton) Yamatji Southern Regional Corporation have...
Tamati Smith 25 Oct 2022