Date: 17th March 2016

The Stawell Athletic Club is delighted to announce the Cathy Freeman Foundation as the Official Charity Partner of the 2016 Woolworths Stawell Gift.

The Cathy Freeman Foundation helps 1600 Indigenous children experience their potential in school, and beyond across four remote Indigenous communities in Palm Island and Woorabinda in Queensland and Wurrumiyanga and Galiwin’ku in the Northern Territory.

Having been inspired by recent fundraising campaigns implemented by the Stawell Secondary College in support of the Cathy Freeman Foundation, the Stawell Athletic Club are proud to be able to add their support to what is now a full community approach.

The Woolworths Stawell Gift will assist in raising awareness of the Cathy Freeman Foundation and their specific programs through a range of initiatives, whilst also aiming to raise funds across the Easter weekend by giving all visitors the opportunity to donate or partake in fundraising programs.  

Founder of the Cathy Freeman Foundation and Australian Hall of Fame Legend, Cathy Freeman said of the partnership, “I have fond memories of the Stawell Gift and am thrilled the Cathy Freeman Foundation has been chosen to be official charity partner.”

“I hope the community of Stawell and the attendees of this iconic event are just as inspired to show their support for the critical work we do in supporting Indigenous children on their educational journey.”

Stawell Athletic Club President, Rob McIntosh commented, “The Stawell Athletic Club are proud to support the Cathy Freeman Foundation and their tremendous dedication to the Indigenous children and families of Australia.”

“Cathy Freeman’s two winning performances in the Lorraine Donnan Women’s Handicap 400m race in both 1995 and 1996 here at the Gift are undoubtedly some of the most memorable moments in the event’s history.”

“We are absolutely honoured to have the Foundation as part of the 2016 Woolworths Stawell Gift and to be able to support Indigenous education in this way,” he said.   

CEO of the Cathy Freeman Foundation, Jamie Howden said, “It is wonderful that the Stawell Gift have chosen to throw their support behind our efforts to provide educational opportunities for Indigenous children.”

“We believe education empowers students to pursue positive pathways and by partnering with such an iconic sporting event, it will undoubtedly help inspire Indigenous children to realise their own gold medal journey.”

“The donation will greatly assist the Cathy Freeman Foundation to deliver our education programs to four of Australia’s largest remote Indigenous communities,” Mr Howden said.

For more information on how you can support  the Cathy Freeman Foundation or to make a donation, please visit www.cathyfreemanfoundation.org.au.

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