On the eve of the 20th anniversary since Cathy Freeman lit the Olympic cauldron at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, mecklemore has joined the 'Stride for Education' initiative to raise awareness of the wonderful work our friends at the Cathy Freeman Foundation are doing to support Indigenous students to experience their full potential in school.
The challenge is to run, walk or wheel 115km between October 10 and November 10. This target is the average distance between the remote communities and their nearest major town. Broken down, this equates to just 3.71 km per day - a healthy distance that should be achievable for 'athletes' of all abilities.
"We have been supporting the Cathy Freeman Foundation for many years now. We are inspired by their ambitious vision for an Australia where Indigenous and non-Indigenous children have the same education standards and opportunities in life. 'Stride for Education' is a wonderful opportunity to get active and raise awareness of the Cathy Freeman Foundation." Christoph Mecker, director of mecklemore, said.
"As a valued backer of Team Freeman we are delighted that Mecklemore is going to help lead the charge for our Stride for Education virtual event from October 10 to November 10 this year. As this event is for people of all abilities and fitness levels and is about raising awareness, we hope to see many staff involved along with their families and friends. We encourage you to take advantage of our special early registration opportunity. Have fun and thank you, Team Mecklemore! " Jade Colgan, CEO Cathy Freeman Foundation.
How can you help making a difference?
Join the action and stride for education by registering
Support our fundraising efforts for the Cathy Freeman Foundation by donating
About the Cathy Freeman Foundation
Cathy Freeman Foundation programs broaden horizons and support Indigenous students to experience their full potential in school.
The Foundation acknowledges the strength and wisdom that lies within remote Indigenous communities. Their work demands strong and trusting partnerships with community, Elders and school leaders. CFF 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 more than 1600 Indigenous children and their families from four of the most remote communities in Australia:
Palm Island in northern Queensland;
Wurrumiyanga on Bathurst Island in the Northern Territory;
Woorabinda in central Queensland; and
Galiwin’ku in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory.
The Cathy Freeman Foundation delivers education programs that are designed to travel the journey of a child’s education from Pre-Prep through to Year 12. The programs aim to improve school attendance and ultimately increase Year 12 attainment and are effective in extending the children’s horizons and future opportunities.
Local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff are employed to deliver programs in community. As part of this delivery, community staff work one on one with students in the classroom delivering workshops that cover themes such as dreams and goals, role models, confidence and resilience, and celebrating culture. The Cathy Freeman Foundation inspires children to realise their own gold medal journey.