I am running a half marathon in October to support the Puuya Foundation and would really appreciate your help!
I lived in the remote indigenous community of Lockhart River for 5 weeks and saw first-hand the challenges that people there face on a daily basis.
Lockhart River is one of the most economically and socially disadvantaged communities in Australia. The people there have limited access to fresh food, education (only one local student has graduated from university) and medical support. On average groceries cost 65% more and a return trip to Cairns (the closest major regional centre) is around $1,200. The suicide rate in Lockhart is five times higher than the rest of Australia, unemployment is three times higher and there are 50+ families waiting for housing.
The Puuya Foundation has established the Kuunchi Kakana (families together) Centre to deliver early years learning (children aged 0-5) and parenting programs that aim to provide family and learning support services to the local community. It was amazing to see the difference that the Centre made even during my short time in Lockhart – children were learning critical life skills (such as respect for others and the ability to think creatively) whilst their families were provided with the necessary tools to ensure that their children have the ability to reach their full potential.
One of the biggest challenges that the Puuya Foundation faces is obtaining the funding required to meet their day-to-day operating costs.
My goal in supporting them is to increase awareness about some of the issues facing remote indigenous communities across Australia and to raise $5,000 to financially support the Kuunchi Kakana Centre. The funds raised will be used to provide high quality education, healthy food and educational resources for families.
A donation will help provide vital foundations for the future success of the Lockhart River community and any support would be greatly appreciated!