Three local organisations – Beyond Empathy, Coomaditchie United Aboriginal Corporation and Scarf Incorporated were selected to pitch at our inaugural Pitch Night, held in Wollongong on 26 June 2019.
The pledges were tallied at the end of the night, the three finalists proposals and amount of funding received include:
Foot on the Ladder (FoTL) idea is an art-meets-sport community project creating accessible health / nutrition information for people living in disadvantaged areas in the southern suburbs of Wollongong and Shellharbour.
FoTL will produce podcasts of fictional stories set on the sporting field, places where people are engaged in all kinds of physical activity, and in places where food is important. These stories will be inspired by real-life experiences of the kids and families who live in the community. The podcasts will make health information accessible, weaving it with local stories, and will be promoted via traditional and non-traditional media channels.
Deadly Women and Deadly Kids will offer a much needed approach to meeting the needs of communities which traditionally don’t access facilities. This project will tackle some of the drivers of poor health outcomes for Indigenous Australians, encouraging families to be more active, and providing group-based physical activities.
They will learn about the importance of staying healthy through participation in exercise and sport activity. Structured and incidental exercise will be encouraged, through access to a community hub that is culturally safe and supported. People will engage in growing their own food, and sharing healthy meals with the produce.
Lunchbox for health and learning aims to improve the health / wellbeing of refugee families through access to nutritional information, and increasing capacity for healthy, budget friendly cooking and preparation.
SCARF supports refugee families as they adjust to their new lives in the Illawarra by creating connections that improve wellbeing and build a sense of belonging. Developed in collaboration with community members from refugee backgrounds, this program will emphasise preparing healthy snacks and meals for school children, healthy traditional styles of cooking, food budgeting and understanding nutrition, growing your own food, as well as a supermarket tour to increase food literacy.
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