This business means so much to me and I want it to make a real difference, especially in my home country Australia. So because of this, I have pledged to donate 10% of all profits to support Indigenous people, in the specific area of education. I was lucky enough through my schooling life to receive funding to get the best education possible and I couldn't think of a better way to give back. I know how much of a difference it made to my life andI would love to be able do that for other Indigenous kids that may have previously not had that chance.
The Australian Indigenous Education Foundation
The Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF) was established in 2008 in response to community demand from Indigenous families who choose to enrol their children in boarding schools.
Bringing together the government and private sector, AIEF provides scholarship funding for Indigenous students to complete Year 12 or tertiary studies, with career support to help them make a successful transition to their chosen fields.
Backed by some of Australia’s most influential business and community leaders, AIEF has grown from one scholarship student in 2008 to now having around 400 students on scholarships annually, with a network of over 600 alumni and growing by over 70 graduates each year, from over 400 communities in every state and territory of Australia.
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The Indigenous Literacy Foundation
The ILF was founded by Suzy Wilson, a former teacher and education consultant who owns Riverbend Books. They are a not-for-profit charity which respects the unique place of Australia's first people and draws on the expertise of the Australian book industry.
In very remote Indigenous communities, books are all too scarce and literacy levels are so much lower than anywhere else in Australia. Their purpose is to make a difference to the lives of Indigenous families by not only gifting thousands of new culturally appropriate books – with a focus on early literacy and first language - but also by running programs to inspire the communities to tell and publish their own stories.
They work with over 400 remote communirites and have gifted thousands and thousands of books to date.
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