Ian Thorpe’s Fountain for youth is now in the fourth year of a long term project to help improve education and health in the remote Indigenous communities to the east of Katherine, in the Northern Territory.
This began in 2003 with the funding of maternal and child health education carried out by the award winning Sunrise Health Service Aboriginal Corporation.
In September 2005 the Federal Education Minister, Dr Brendan Nelson announced a grant of one million dollars (2005-2007) to support Fountain for youth’s Literacy Empowerment Project in the Jawoyn communities.
The success of the Literacy Backpack Project has seen it expand to communities outside the Jawoyn region; Mangingrida to the far north east of the NT and Bidyadanga south west of Broome in Western Australia. Most recently we have offered our support behind a new pre-natal/post-natal support program for Aboriginal women and their children, the ‘Good Start Project’ for the Lockhart River Community in far north Queensland.