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McLaren To Feature First Indigenous Brand On F1 Car At This Weeks Australian Grand Prix

Formula 1 team McLaren will feature Indigenous start-up, DeadlyScience on its cars at this weekend's Australian Grand Prix, in a world first.

DeadlyScience, a local nonprofit from Redfern, is set to become the first Indigenous brand displayed on a Formula One car.

DeadlyScience's logo will feature on cars as part of a new initiative between McLaren and software sponsor, Smartsheet. 

The Sponsor X initiative aims to put worthy causes front and centre by offering up Smartsheet's prominent logo spot to less-generously-resourced organisations.d

Founded by Kamilaroi man Corey Tutt, DeadlyScience provides remote Australian communities with educational resources and mentoring.

So far, they have shipped more than 20,000 books and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) resources to more than 100 communities across Australia.

"I want people to get behind DeadlyScience as a community organisation and really be proud of this grassroots charity that started off in the heart of Redfern," said Tutt.

"We want to make sure that every single child in this country has access to STEM resources and the same opportunities as those in the city," he says. 

Tutt said he would often work two jobs to make enough money to pay the delivery fees associated with sending resources to remote communities.

"To post a box of books or a microscope costs between $60 to $150. I've gone into Australia Post and dropped $1,000 on postage just to get stuff out to communities. It is very expensive."

"The mob are really proud that we're gonna be on this car. And it's just really exciting. And it's a proud moment for me, my family and everyone that is part of DeadlyScience."

Tutt hopes that the added exposure from the sponsorship being seen in the Australian Grand Prix would encourage more donations and awareness of the organisation.