2018 was no exception with the foundation achieving fantastic results.
2018 highlights and milestones

ABOVE: CFF's new Classroom Workbooks have made a huge impact in 2018.

BELOW: One of our incredibly proud Year 12 graduates from 2018.

  • 75% increase in Year 12 graduates from 2017, the highest number of graduates in CFF’s history. 28 Year 12 graduates across all four partner communities (including 4 scholarships students).

  • 74 students participated in five personal development camps to Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane and Darwin.


  • More than 60,000 community participants throughout 2018, including participation in Back to School events, Starting Block Awards, Classroom Workbook sessions, Horizons engagements (pre and post-camp), consultation group meetings, school leadership meetings, presentations at school assemblies, interagency meetings.


  • 16 Back to School community events to welcome students, teachers and families to the start of a new school term.


  • Introduction of the Sprints Project in all partner communities, rewarding students who reach daily and weekly attendance milestones through after-school activities such as fishing, cooking and sports.


  • Introduction of Classroom Workbooks in all partner communities, giving CFF community-based staff the opportunity to deliver regular weekly classroom activity sessions on topics including ‘role models’, ‘dreams and goals’, ‘confidence and resilience’, ‘celebrating culture’ and ‘reflection and achievements’.


  • Lekara Wallis from CFF’s Palm Island office was appointed the first community management role since the Foundation was established.


  • Appointment of the Foundation’s first Indigenous Chair, Professor Gregory Phillips and first Indigenous CEO, Jade Colgan.


  • 16 pre-school students on Palm Island graduated from the HIPPY early learning project in partnership with the Brotherhood of St Laurence.


  • A fantastic first year of Viva Energy partnership, engaging the highest amount of employees in CFF’s history in meaningful, diverse and unique opportunities – 579 employees throughout 2018.


Each quarter the Cathy Freeman Foundation Programs Team collate stories of interest and success that monitor and evaluate the Foundation’s programs and show the positive impact the programs are having on the lives of the students and families we work with.


To show  how your support is helping more Indigenous kids succeed in school, we’d like to share these stories with you here.


“Hello, my name is Harry*. I am currently in Year 10 and I attend the Wadja Wadja High School. My father is from Mornington Island and my mother is from here in Woorabinda.  


I attend school almost every day at Wadja Wadja High School. I enjoy my subjects and like being a leader to the younger students of my school. The reason I became involved with the Cathy Freeman Foundation is because of my leadership in the school and my school attendance. 


I was chosen to attend the Horizons camp down to Melbourne this term, where I got to meet new students from different communities and learn about their lifestyles. Attending the camp showed me what I want to achieve in my future, about not being shame and that there are plenty of opportunities out there.  


One of my favourite things on the camp was visiting Viva Energy and learning about how fuel is made. This helped me with understanding what pathway I want to take in achieving my dream to become an engineer. 


After being on the camp I now know where and what I want to do when I graduate from school, and I have new friends from the other communities. The camp has helped me with achieving my goal to become an engineer.  


I am thankful that the Cathy Freeman Foundation gave me the opportunity to attend the Melbourne Horizons camp. This opportunity is important to me because I want to see changes in my community and to be a better leader for the younger students of my school and community.  


Attending the Horizons Camp encouraged me to become a better leader for my school and community, to try new things and to not be shame. The camp also encouraged me to continue attending school and to graduate, so I can achieve my dream of becoming an engineer." 

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