AIME mentee Kaylem's Hottest 100 artwork provides a meaningful message on January 26

Posted on January 25, 2017

triple j and AIME have joined forces again for the Hottest 100. As part of their commitment to reconciliation and equality, triple j believe January 26 should be inclusive, meaningful and respectful to all Australians and use the day to commemorate Australia's First Peoples.

Incredibly, triple j listeners raised over $100,000 for AIME during the last Hottest 100. The funds raised from this year’s donations will go towards supporting 10,000 Indigenous kids by 2018.

Rarely do you get a chance in your life, to make something big happen. This is one of those chances. We are on the crest of a wave that's changing the whole country, helping a generation of Indigenous kids rise up. As old Rafiki once wisely said, "It is time." Let's get it done.

- Jack Manning Bancroft

Ollie Wards, triple j Content Director adds, “Last year, we were so stoked with triple j listeners raising a big-six figure sum to support Indigenous students that we had to do it again! The Hottest 100 is something millions of Australians engage with every year, so through our AIME partnership we’re looking forward to not only raising much needed funds, but to continue building a meaningful connection with Indigenous Australia.”

The Hottest 100 is something millions of Australians engage with every year, so through our AIME partnership we’re looking forward to not only raising much needed funds, but to continue building a meaningful connection with Indigenous Australia

The design on the triple j Hottest 100 t-shirt was designed by Kaylem Macdonald, an AIME mentee from the Kamilaroi / Gamilaroi nation, participating in our Western Sydney University program.

The artwork shows a turtle and snake. The meaning of it is different kinds can come together and have peace between them. I want the viewer to feel peaceful and calm

- Kaylem Macdonald

Kaylem Macdonald pictured next to his winning artwork featured on the AIME "17 Hottest 100 t-shirt

Kaylem is one of 17 Indigenous students from across Australia who were selected as AIME art interns and tasked with creating an original artwork that inspired the 2016-17 range of products for AIME Apparel.