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The Cathy Freeman Foundation's purpose is to close the education gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous children and to provide pathways to a brighter future.


After 12 months of extensive planning, we’re thrilled to be extending our work from Palm Island into the Northern Territory. In Term 3, we started working with the Wurrumiyanga community in Bathurst Island and the response we have received from the children, school leaders, community elders and families has been overwhelming.

On 24 September, it was the 14th anniversary of my Olympic medal win, and I felt privileged to present 116 students from Murrupurtiyanuwu Catholic Primary School and Xavier Catholic College with their first Starting Block Awards. It was wonderful to celebrate these achievements with community and proud family members attending the ceremony. The highlight was seeing the excitement in the primary students, and observing the senior students really quiet and listening, as it was clear these Awards mean something special for them.

In addition, the Foundation has also been welcomed by the Woorabinda people to commence work earlier this month. We’re really looking forward to joining this community in mid-December for the first Starting Block Awards ceremony. It will also be wonderful for our Palm Island staff to join in these celebrations and to personally experience the extension of our programs.

We are also close to signing a heads of agreement with a fourth community in Arnhem Land, which will be announced shortly!

Meanwhile, you may have also seen in our social media that eight students from Palm Island recently met with the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, while on the first Horizons trip to Canberra.

In September, I also joined around 100 runners at the Melbourne Marathon Festival where I ran 10km for CFF. I met wonderful 11 year olds who ran 5km and raised $50, and also met marathon runners who raised more than $1K each for the Foundation. We congratulate you on your sporting achievements and thank you for your support.

It’s truly heart-warming to feel the collective spirit of Australians who truly recognise the value of our work in collectively supporting Indigenous children in remote communities to seize education opportunities and reach their potential.

Best wishes

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Cathy Freeman, Founder & Director
Cathy Freeman Foundation