- The Cathy Freeman Foundation was established in 2007 and celebrates 10 years of success this year.
- The Foundation operates in four communities – Palm Island, Wurrumiyanga, Galiwin’ku and Woorabinda – and supports 1,600 students to stay in school.
- The Coalition Government has been a strong supporter of the Foundation and has invested in their work through the $5 billion Indigenous Advancement Strategy.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator Nigel Scullion today congratulated the Cathy Freeman Foundation on its 10th Anniversary year milestone and for all the work they have done over that time to help kids stay at school. From small beginnings on Palm Island in Queensland, the Foundation now supports 1,600 children across four communities.
The program supports students and teachers to improve school attendance, behaviour and literacy –extending kids’ horizons and providing future opportunities in the communities in which it operates.
“For Cathy, going to school meant being able to recognise her potential as an athlete, and it paved the way for a journey that took her all the way to Olympic gold,” Minister Scullion said.
“Cathy inspired the nation and the world at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, and through the Foundation’s work, both she and the entire Foundation family continue to inspire us everyday with their passion, commitment and dedication to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education,” Minister Scullion said.
“People like Cathy prove that anything is possible if you have the winning combination of a dream, and people around who recognise your potential and can help you reach it.
The Coalition Government has been a long term supporter of the Foundation and we were proud to commit funding in the lead up to the 2016 Federal Election to help the Cathy Freeman Foundation support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids to get the best start in the class room – I am proud to say that the Coalition has delivered on that commitment.
To celebrate the Foundation turning ten, founding Chairman Andrew Cannon AM has driven a 1923 Presentation Vauxhall through five states starting in Melbourne in early August, finishing in Townsville this week.
“Driving a 1923 Presentation Vauxhall over 10,000kms must have been no easy feat and I congratulate Mr Cannon AM on his remarkable efforts to raise funds and awareness for the Foundation.
“I congratulate Cathy, Foundation staff, and everyone who has contributed to ten years of shaping the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids for the better. Here’s to many more.”