Christine Anu lends her credibility and high profile support to charitable organisations for fundraising, campaigning and public relations, to ensure the expansion and continuity of the charitable work in the community. Christine is currently the Patron for Buk bilong Pikinini (Papua New Guinea) Christine is also actively involved with other charities including The Catherine Freeman Foundation.
BUK BILONG PIKININI
Buk bilong Pikinini, an independent charity based in Port Moresby was set up in 2007 by Anne-Sophie Hermann, the spouse of the Australian High Commissioner to PNG and Anna Mukerjee when they realized that there was an urgent need for children’s books and libraries in PNG.
CATHY FREEMAN FOUNDATION
Christine Anu is a proud supporter of the Cathy Freeman Foundation. The Cathy Freeman Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation established in 2007 with a focus and commitment to giving Indigenous children living on Palm Island – one of the largest remote Indigenous communities in Australia – a brighter future through education. The Foundation works in partnership with the Palm Island community, council, parents and carers and the two local schools to provide educational programs for over 500 school-aged children.
OASIS YOUTH SUPPORT NETWORK
Oasis gives homeless and disadvantaged young people hope and opportunities to access relevant education, training, jobs, counselling and drug/alcohol programs.
Yalari is a not-for-profit organisation established by Waverley Stanley , an Indigenous man in 2005 which offers secondary educational scholarships to Indigenous children from remote, rural and regional communities from all corners of Australia. Its mission is to educate and empower Indigenous children to bring about generational change. Yalari currently supports 200 Indigenous children who attend 33 of the nation’s leading boarding schools and who are representative of 93 different Indigenous communities throughout the nation.
IAN THORPE’S FOUNTAIN FOR YOUTH- SUPPORTING INDIGENOUS LEARNING
In many remote communities in Australia, children and their families are not afforded the same opportunities for a good education and choices in life as most children in Australia. Too many Indigenous children have been left behind and worse, have been forgotten. Through the Literacy Backpack Program, Fountain for Youth delivers education resources and good reading materials to schools and families in what were once ‘bookless homes’, with illiteracy rates as high as 93%! This initiative has impacted on the positive education outcomes of the children, supporting learning from the youngest children and on through their schooling.
THE JIMMY LITTLE FOUNDATION
The Jimmy Little Foundation was launched in 2006 with a Mission to provide health promotion and nutrition education to Indigenous Australians and to advocate for improved health services in rural and remote Indigenous communities. To date, the JLF is active in over 30 communities across Australia. As well as a School nutritional education and program targeting Indigenous children aged 5-16 (See www.thumbsup.org.au) and a Stores program promoting the purchase of healthier food and drinks, the JLF also strengthens the great work that many are already doing via Community Partnerships.