As part of the NAIDOC Week celebrations last week, the Cathy Freeman Foundation recognised the achievements of 15 students from one of Australia’s largest remote Indigenous communities on Palm Island.
The Year 9-12 students will participate in the Foundation’s Horizon Programs which gives students an opportunity for interstate experiences and excursions based on merit, attitude and demonstrated progress at school.
Cathy said that driving literacy and attendance are a key focus for the Horizons Program, which is supported by Credit Suisse. The students will visit Sydney and participate in educational and developmental workshops, attend a performance of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and tour the Opera House.
"These opportunities broaden their understanding of the world and we hope the students return home inspired to continue their education," says Cathy.
Each year, the Cathy Freeman Foundation supports more than 600 school-age children on Palm Island, which is located in Far North Queensland off the coast of Ingham.
NAIDOC week celebrates the seminal role played by the Yirrkala Bark Petitions 50 years ago in highlighting the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to their lands.
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If you want to support Indigenous education, join the Cathy Freeman Foundation Gold Charity team in the City2Surf on 11th August. Details at the Cathy Freeman Foundation.