Cathy Freeman Foundation

Palm Island, QLD

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Students get ready to surf at one of the Horizon Program camps
Funded 2013 by Aus Post

Horizons Program

Cathy Freeman Foundation received the grant to help fund their 'Horizons Program' which encourages positive education outcomes by rewarding interstate camps to students based on merit, attitude and a demonstrated desire to achieve.


The Horizons Program is specifically targeted to build the self-esteem, confidence and social skills of the youth of Palm Island, a remote Indigenous community in North Queensland.  Palm Island children face many hurdles including low literacy levels, 90% unemployment and a life expectancy of 50 years. Poor economic conditions also limit their opportunities to explore a world outside of their home.

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Highlighting the Townsville and North West region