On the 13th of August the Bluearth community gathered at Sadadeen Primary School in Alice Springs to launch our foundation’s Reconciliation Action Plan. Fresh from the Larapinta Hike4Kids Health fundraising event, CEO Wendy Gillet and Chair Yvonne Rate joined community leaders to celebrate this important step forward. The launch opened with a welcome to country performed by a student from the school, Chiara, who said: “we are in a unique situation: we have a dual heritage and therefore a dual responsibility for shaping this community together”.
This was followed by an explanation of the creation of the RAP, which was developed by a team of people, including Yok Djakooliny, St Joseph’s Learning Centre, as well as representatives of the Central Land Council.
Our Reconciliation Action Plan provides a framework for ongoing engagement, ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have the opportunity to drive sustainable change. We are passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of all kids and are committed to building meaningful relationships that result in positive outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – individuals, communities and organisations.
Recognising that change occurs in environments where self-empowerment is at the heart of all development, the RAP will strengthen Bluearth Foundation’s work within schools and communities.
The launch was an important occasion for the organisation and provided an opportunity for the wider community to come together to celebrate this positive step forward for children’s health and wellbeing.