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Date posted: 16 October 2012
More than $80,000 was raised for Indigenous charity group Red Dust Role Models during the recent national Walkabout week.
Red Dust is a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians in remote communities.
Multi-national company Serco, that operates detention and correctional centres in Queensland, hosted activities for Walkabout week to help raise funds for Red Dust's health promotion programs.
Inmates joined employees from Villawood Detention Centre and Southern Queensland Correctional Centre in a walk to raise more than $40,000, which was matched dollar for dollar by Serco.
The funds will be used to deliver early intervention health promotion programs to primary school students in the community of Kintore (Walungurru) over the next 12 months. The main focus of the programs will be healthy nutrition, to help combat the high rates of diabetes and heart disease present in the community.
Of the collaboration between Serco and Red Dust, Serco Asia Pacific Chief Executive Officer, David Campbell, said: 'The primary goal of our fundraising efforts is to help ensure the Aboriginal youth of Kintore live longer, healthier lives.
'We also hope that Red Dust's healthy living program will inspire the youth involved to live positive, meaningful lives.
'Approximately 40% of the offenders in the prisons we operate in Australia are Indigenous. We work tirelessly to rehabilitate offenders and break the cycle of re-offending, and we hope that our support for Red Dust is a positive intervention before the cycle even begins.'
Source: Koori Mail and Queensland Times
Red Dust Role Models
Unit 1, 52 Brunswick Street
Fitzroy Vic 3065
Ph: (03) 9415 6539
Fax: (03) 9415 1361