Cathy Freeman established the Cathy Freeman Foundation in 2007 to help Indigenous children and their families recognise the power of education and achieve their goals and dreams.
The Cathy Freeman Foundation programs help broaden horizons and inspire Indigenous students to experience their full potential in school, and beyond.
The Foundation acknowledges the strength and wisdom that lies within remote Indigenous communities. Our work demands strong and trusting partnerships with community, elders and school leaders. We partner with communities for the long haul, as we journey through the complexities of the work required to create social change.
The Foundation works with 1600 Indigenous children and their families by partnering with four remote Indigenous communities. This includes:
· Palm Island in northern Queensland since 2007;
· Wurrumiyanga on Bathurst Island in the Northern Territory since August 2014;
· Woorabinda in central Queensland since October 2014; and
· Galiwin’ku in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory since January 2015.
The Foundation delivers five programs designed to travel the journey of a child’s education from Pre Prep through to Year 12. The programs focus on improving school attendance, behaviour and literacy and are effective in extending the children’s horizons and future opportunities. The Cathy Freeman Foundation inspires children to realise their own gold medal journey.