Welcome to the #WATWB blogfest for September 2020. Our fabulous co-hosts are:
Eric Lahti, Peter Nena Shilpa Garg, Roshan Radhakrishnan, and Sylvia Stein.
Interview with Christine Anu on ABC News Australia.
Being a 1970s child was quite an experience. But it just dawned on me that I shared being born in the early 70s with Cathy Freeman. For those of us in Australia Cathy Freeman is a household name. Cathy represented Australia in athletics and, during the opening ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, she lit the Olympic Cauldron.
This year is 20 years since Cathy played such a significant role in those Olympic Games. But that is not the reason for the post this time around. What I would like to highlight, given it’s more particular focus on WATWB matters, is the work of the Cathy Freeman foundation. This foundation gives an opportunity for young indigenous people to access educational and vocational opportunities. This is especially significant for those geographically remote locations.
Some would be aware, some would not, that Cathy Freeman is an Australian indigenous woman. She represents the aboriginal and therefore First Nations people of Australia. Part of the work of her foundation is creating opportunities for young indigenous women and men to find their way in life. In an interview on Friday, 25 September 2020, Eastern Australian time, ABC News journalist, Christine Anu, interviews Cathy Freeman on her life during and after the Olympic Games and also her life with the Cathy Freeman foundation.
I have included the link and hope you enjoy the interview between Christine and Cathy. Although not an indigenous Australian myself, I was both deeply moved by Cathy‘s presence in the 2000 Olympic Games and also to hear of the great work in her foundation.
Perhaps some of you reading this may also be moved or even inspired.
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3 thoughts on “#WATWB September 2020 – Cathy Freeman Foundation”
Thanks Simon, I watched the shorter link; her interview which is long I will save for another time. It’s such an important acknowledgement of indigenous people. Great #WATWB post.
It’s so good to see indigenous people getting better opportunities. The recognition is long overdue.
Hi Simon – wonderful to let us know about Cathy Freeman’s foundation … she was inspirational with her running and her approach to life. I had a brief look at her Foundation and its ideals – so essential in this day and age … indigenous people – we so need them … as they have many attributes that we’ve forgotten – we need to learn … excellent #WATWB post … thanks for this – all the best – Hilary