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As a non-profit organisation, we rely on the generosity of corporates, philanthropists and donors to empower the people of Cape York.

Working on the ground, we have seen firsthand that when individuals and communities are empowered to take responsibility they seek opportunities to better their lives and self-reliance flourishes. It's a balance of rights and responsibility. A hand up, not a hand out.

To donate, simply choose your interest area from the four options below and select the project you'd like to support. You can also make a general donation knowing it will go to the project in most need.

All donations of more than $2 are tax-deductible. Thank you for your support.

 

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Health & Wellbeing

Indigenous Australians have an average life expectancy 19 years below that of wider Queensland and an unparalleled lack of access to healthcare services. Below are just a few of our health and wellbeing projects that – with your support – can help close the gap.  Simply choose the project that resonates most with you.

Give the gift of good health

Of the students who attend Djarragun College, 10% already have a chronic diagnosis and more than 75% did not have a health check in the 12 months before their enrolment. You can help by connecting a young Indigenous kid with essential primary healthcare by supporting a full medical check-up with Ngak Min Health.

Indigenous Australians have an average life expectancy 19 years below that of wider Queensland and an unparalleled lack of access to healthcare services. And the health gaps start early. So what if we could improve early intervention by opening a holistic health clinic on an Indigenous school campus?

Introducing Ngak Min Health, a clinic co-located on the grounds of Djarragun College in Gordonvale, just south of Cairns.

Being located on a college campus helps Ngak Min reduce inequalities in health outcomes by developing health-seeking behaviour and giving control to the students and families to make decisions about their own health.

Health and wellbeing are essential to healthy learning and development. By providing a Djarragun student with primary healthcare, you support them to be the best they can be.

power our truck and make food prices fairer

Help improve the health and wellbeing of a remote Cape York community by supplying the fuel for our Mayi Market truck to travel the 2,000km+ round trip to deliver fresh fruit and vegetables to the Cape at fair prices. 

Remote Cape York communities are paying up to triple the price for food when compared to regional communities, such as Cairns. Apunipima Cape York Health Council reports diabetes in children as young as five years of age, and have growing concerns about under-nutrition and early obesity.

It is clear that food insecurity and the exorbitant cost of quality fresh food is contributing to a high rate of chronic disease in our communities.

Mayi Market is a not-for-profit Indigenous enterprise delivering quality, fresh food to remote Cape York communities at fair prices. We currently make fortnightly deliveries to Coen, Hope Vale, Wujal Wujal, Mossman Gorge and, most recently, Aurukun. We have our own refrigerated truck to transport our food, but heavily subsidise the cost of each trip to ensure the food remains affordable.

By supporting a Mayi Market delivery, you help provide access to affordable, nutritious food, which is key to improving the health and wellbeing of our communities.

close the tech gap with our new app

Connect more people of Cape York to essential online services, such as finance management, resume building and mentoring by supporting the further development of our award-winning web-based app – Pama Platform.

Pama Platform is a web-based app – co-designed by Cape York communities – that helps users take control of their money and day-to-day life. Pama brings together multiple services and streamlines them into one user-friendly online platform. A first of its kind for Cape York.

These services build the capabilities of individuals and families through a suite of Opportunity Products, including locked Opportunity Accounts, where funds can only be spent on items allowed by the account rules

After a successful launch in four communities we are looking to update the platform and open these accounts – and their benefits – to everyone throughout Cape York and beyond!

You'll be helping to build the capabilities of individuals and families so they can develop self-reliance, economic freedom and prosperity.

General donation

If you can't decide between the projects shown here, you can choose to make a general donation in the knowledge that it will go towards the project most in need of your support at the time. 

Education

The education of our children is the key to a prosperous future. Through education, we can radically improve the life prospects of Indigenous children for generations to come and develop the capability of each child to be the master of their own future. Below are just a few of our education projects that you can support today.

Sponsor the nex-gen of leaders

Support an Indigenous student to study at university for a full year so they can become a leader in their community.

Many promising young people are ending their education at Year 12 due to the financial pressure of attending university.

Cape York Leaders Program empowers talented Indigenous Leaders of all ages to reach their potential. We empower Leaders through secondary and tertiary scholarships to allow them to go to the best educational institutes.

Our alumni can be found right throughout Australia working as doctors, lawyers, mayors, CEOS and other high-profile leadership positions.

There are currently more than 14 students on an Academic Leaders Tertiary scholarship studying at the best universities right throughout Australia. However, there are many more Indigenous high school students from Cape York who dream of continuing their studies at university.

By supporting a tertiary scholarship, you ease the financial stress of living away from home so young Indigenous leaders can focus on their studies and fulfil their potential.

Building the capabilites of Australia's Indigenous workforce

Uncover the true potential the Indigeneous workforce by enabling the development of an Indigenous-led leadership academy. Offering a range of accredited and non-accredited courses, the Cape York Academy will co-design and build the capabilities of Indigenous staff in all industries so that they can become leaders in their communities and beyond.

Many promising Indigenous adults don’t pursue tertiary education due to the financial pressure of full-time study.

The Cape York Academy will empower talented Indigenous Leaders who are already established in the workforce to reach their potential.

We will build leader’s capabilities through a range of courses focused on leadership and skill development. Indigenous-designed and led, the courses will be delivered with full wrap-around support to students.

Upon graduation, students will have accreditations that will increase employability as well as the confidence to step into prominent leadership positions. 

SUPPORT A YOUNG SCHOOL LEAVER TO EARN OR LEARN

Many students complete Year 12 without a clear pathway to employment or an understanding of the barriers they will face. You can support one Year 12 student through Work Opportunity Network (WON) to ensure they are learning or earning after they leave school.  

WON – Work Opportunity Network – currently works with senior students from Djarragun College, Cape York Leaders Program and Cape York Girl Academy to provide mentorship while they are at school and pathways to their employment, predominantly in apprenticeships and traineeships. 

Employers throughout the region take on WON’s apprentices and trainees to provide the on-the-job skills required, while WON provides the culturally appropriate wrap-around support needed to ensure these young people stay on the right path.

WON also works with businesses out the region and supports these young people to orbit to a new location for work.

WON is currently working with hosts in a range of industries, including hospitality, engineering, carpentry, construction and childcare.

It costs $5,000 a year to support each young employee, so the more support we have, the more youth we can help find and maintain a job. 

We are expecting 80+ graduates from Djarragun College and Cape YOrk Leaders Program in 2022

The benefits of these jobs cannot be understated. It goes far beyond an earned income and suport for one individual. A genuine, meaningful job restores personal pride, builds resilient families and creates safer communities

the power of play

Help develop a baby's motor skills and nurture their imagination by sponsoring an early learning equipment bundle. This equipment and toys will support a baby’s learning while their mum studies with Cape York Girl Academy, Australia’s first boarding high school designed for young Indigenous mothers and their babies.

The first five years of a child’s life are crucial to healthy development. That’s why our Cape York Girl Academy mothers and babies live and learn together. While mothers are doing classwork, their babies attend our Early Learning Centre.

Learning through play is one of the most important ways children learn and develop. By supporting the purchase of this bundle, you will support a baby’s development during a crucial learning phase of their life and set them up for a bright future.

 

bring traditional languages to life

Help the children of Cape York Peninsula’s First Nations to be fluent and literate in their ancestral languages so they can walk with confidence in two worlds, as the inheritors of their rich, living cultural heritage by supporting an augmented reality language project through Pama Langauge Centre.

The languages of Cape York Peninsula are keys to some of the oldest continuous living traditions on the planet. These languages are now, however, fragile and immediately threatened. Pama Language Centre works with Language Champions to record, revive, revitalise and maintain the languages of Cape York through innovative and effective language engagement and intergenerational transmission of projects.

PLC harnesses traditional knowledge, best practice language pedagogy and modern technology, such as augmented reality (AR). AR overlays digitally generated information over what the student sees in the real world, such as a book or poster.

These exciting, immersive learning resources turn homes and school rooms into active language learning environments, enabling and encouraging young parents, children, language teachers and students to both actively study and reengage naturally with their languages.

Students of Hope Vale Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy are already reaping the benefits of the AR children’s book Biniirr Bama Yuwalin (Ironwood Family at the Beach) written by Guugu Yimithirr teacher Lillian Bowen.

Help contribute to individual wellbeing, identity belonging and language viability by supporting the development of new AR learning resources.

A space to relax and recharge

Help young Indigenous mothers and disengaged young women graduate from high school by supporting the renovation of a recreation room to allow boarders to recharge while on-campus at Cape York Girl Academy.

Many young women of Cape York fall victim to a vicious intergenerational cycle of social dysfunction, teenage pregnancy and disengagement from education and employment. 84% of Cape York girls do not finish high school.

Cape York Girl Academy is a boarding high school just north of Cairns that gives these girls a chance to recover their education, their culture and become a powerful force for change.

As part of our culturally appropriate management of students’ wellbeing we are seeking to create a new Sensory Room, which will form an integral part of our student care plans.  

Our students of Cape York Girl Academy are often hundreds of kilometres from home, hundreds of kilometres from their safe space. They have made the brave decision to leave home and not give up on their education, and they deserve a space where they can feel safe.

A Sensory Room at Cape York Girl Academy would feature culturally appropriate therapy tools and transport them back to Country with images, sounds and smells from home.

The room will address their mind, body and spirit, and take these young women one step closer to breaking the cycle of disadvantage for herself, her family and her community.

Mother and child – Living and learning together

Help Cape York Girl Academy – Australia’s first boarding high school designed for young Indigenous mothers and their babies – to cover the 'gap' of boarding a young mother and her child to continue their education. These courageous young women are choosing education over a life of welfare. We need your support so they can finish their schooling.

Located just north of Cairns at Wangetti Beach, Cape York Girl Academy is Australia’s first boarding high school designed for young Indigenous mothers and their babies to live and learn together. While mothers are doing classwork, their babies attend our Early Learning Centre

Normally when a student attends a boarding school the government provides funding for the student. However, accepting this funding means the young mother can no longer claim parental payments. So Cape York Girl Academy covers the $15,000 a year 'gap' rather than asking the young mum to choose between an education and providing for her young family.

Thes parental payments are especially important during school holidays when they travel back home.  

84% of Cape York girls do not finish high school. Cape York Girl Academy gives these girls a chance to recover their education, their culture and become a powerful force for change.

21 students were supported in 2021. Help us support more.

GENERAL DONATION

If you can't decide between the projects shown here, you can choose to make a general donation in the knowledge that it will go towards the project most in need of your support at the time.

Employment

The benefits of employment go far beyond an earned income for one individual. A genuine, meaningful job restores personal pride, builds resilient families and creates safer communities. Below are just a few ways you can support our employment projects and empower our First Nations people to build their capabilities

Give them the tools of their new trade

Bama Services supplies the tools of the trade to each and every employee. You can help a jobseeker be fit for work by providing the tools of the trade needed for one job-seeker to start work ar Bama Services. 

Unemployment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Cape York and Cairns is still unacceptably high. Without work, people can often find themselves in the crippling grip of passive welfare and low self-worth. This can lead to damaging social and health problems for themselves, their families and communities.

Meaningful employment can help break this cycle.

Bama Services provides genuine opportunities to access the real economy. We empower people to take control of – and responsibility for – their own professional and personal development.

By helping a Bama Services employee become job-ready with a fit-for-work pack, you help break the cycle of unemployment.

Support a young school leaver to earn or learn

Many students complete Year 12 without a clear pathway to employment or an understanding of the barriers they will face. You can support one Year 12 student through Work Opportunity Network (WON) to ensure they are learning or earning after they leave school.  

WON – Work Opportunity Network – currently works with senior students from Djarragun College, Cape York Leaders Program and Cape York Girl Academy to provide mentorship while they are at school and pathways to their employment, predominantly in apprenticeships and traineeships. 

Employers throughout the region take on WON’s apprentices and trainees to provide the on-the-job skills required, while WON provides the culturally appropriate wrap-around support needed to ensure these young people stay on the right path.

WON also works with businesses out the region and supports these young people to orbit to a new location for work.

WON is currently working with hosts in a range of industries, including hospitality, engineering, carpentry, construction and childcare.

It costs $5,000 a year to support each young employee, so the more support we have, the more youth we can help find and maintain a job. 

We are expecting 80+ graduates from Djarragun College and Cape YOrk Leaders Program in 2022

The benefits of these jobs cannot be understated. It goes far beyond an earned income and suport for one individual. A genuine, meaningful job restores personal pride, builds resilient families and creates safer communities

Help us expand our crew

Help increase Indigenous employment rates and break the cycle of unemployment by supporting the purchase of new landscape and garden maintenance equipment for Bama Services.   

Our landscape maintenance crews are busy and looking to expand. We want to employ more Indigenous staff and take on more contracts, but need the tools and equipment to make this possible.

Bama Services provides genuine opportunities to access the real economy. We empower people to take control of – and responsibility for – their own professional and personal development.

Without work, people can often find themselves in the crippling grip of passive welfare and low self-worth. This can lead to damaging social and health problems for themselves, their families and communities.

Meaningful employment can help break this cycle.

By supporting the purchase of new Bama Services equipment, you help break the cycle of unemployment.

GENERAL DONATION

If you can't decide between the projects shown here, you can choose to make a general donation in the knowledge that it will go towards the project most in need of your support at the time. 

Women’s Empowerment

Give women access to education, employment and leadership opportunities, and watch them lead their family and community towards prosperity. Below are just a few of our women's empowerment projects that urgently need your support. Simply choose the project that resonates most with you and your level of support. 

Sponsor the next-gen of female leaders

Support a young Indigenous woman to study at university for a full year so they can become a leader in their community.

Many promising young women are ending their education at Year 12 due to the financial pressure of attending university.

Cape York Leaders Program empowers talented Indigenous Leaders of all ages to reach their potential. Our alumni can be found right throughout Australia working as doctors, lawyers, mayors, CEOS and other high-profile leadership positions.

There are currently more than 14 students on an Academic Leaders Tertiary scholarship studying at the best universities right throughout Australia. However, there are many more Indigenous high school students from Cape York who dream of continuing their studies at university.

By supporting a tertiary scholarship, you ease the financial stress of living away from home so young female Indigenous leader can focus on their studies and fulfil their potential.

Why girls? Women are powerful force for positive change in our families and in our communities. It’s the grandmothers, aunties, and mothers that stand strong for the children, and persevere toward a better future.

Make young women's health a priority

Of the students who attend Djarragun College, 10% already have a chronic diagnosis and more than 75% did not have a health check in the 12 months before their enrolment. You can help by connecting a young Indigenous kid with essential primary healthcare by supporting a full medical check-up with Ngak Min Health.

Indigenous Australians have an average life expectancy 19 years below that of wider Queensland and an unparalleled lack of access to healthcare services. And the health gaps start early. So what if we could improve early intervention by opening a holistic health clinic on an Indigenous school campus?

Introducing Ngak Min Health, a clinic co-located on the grounds of Djarragun College in Gordonvale, just south of Cairns.

Being located on a college campus helps Ngak Min reduce inequalities in health outcomes by developing health-seeking behaviour and giving control to the students and families to make decisions about their own health.

Health and wellbeing are essential to healthy learning and development. By providing a Djarragun student with primary healthcare, you support them to be the best they can be.

Enagage them in the power of play

Help develop a baby's motor skills and nurture their imagination by sponsoring an early learning equipment bundle. This equipment and toys will support a baby’s learning while their mum studies with Cape York Girl Academy, Australia’s first boarding high school designed for young Indigenous mothers and their babies.

The first five years of a child’s life are crucial to healthy development. That’s why our Cape York Girl Academy mothers and babies live and learn together. While mothers are doing classwork, their babies attend our Early Learning Centre.

Learning through play is one of the most important ways children learn and develop. By supporting the purchase of this bundle, you will support a baby’s development during a crucial learning phase of their life and set them up for a bright future.

Mother and child – Living and learning together

Help Cape York Girl Academy – Australia’s first boarding high school designed for young Indigenous mothers and their babies – to cover the 'gap' of boarding a young mother and her child to continue their education. These courageous young women are choosing education over a life of welfare. We need your support so they can finish their schooling.

The Ngak Min model is informed by the ‘Team Around the Family’ approach. Through staff/parent training and curriculum integration, we are building the capability of all involved to promote healthy development and reduce the burden of disease.

With on-site access to a wide range of specialists, we’re limiting the multiple and complex referral pathways, which are known to hinder access by many First Nations people.

A space to relax and recharge

Help young Indigenous mothers and disengaged young women graduate from high school by supporting the development of a recreation room designed to allow the students to relax and recharge while on-campus at Cape York Girl Academy.

Many young women of Cape York fall victim to a vicious intergenerational cycle of social dysfunction, teenage pregnancy and disengagement from education and employment. 84% of Cape York girls do not finish high school.

Cape York Girl Academy is Australia’s first boarding high school designed for young Indigenous mothers and their babies, and disengaged youth. The academy gives these girls a chance to recover their education, their culture and become a powerful force for change.

As part of our culturally appropriate management of students’ wellbeing we are seeking to renovate a new recreation room, which will form an integral part of our student time on campus.  

Our students of Cape York Girl Academy are often hundreds of kilometres from home, hundreds of kilometres from their safe space. They have made the brave decision to leave home and not give up on their education, and they deserve a space where they can relax, recharge and feel safe.

The room will address their mind, body and spirit, and take these young women one step closer to breaking the cycle of disadvantage for herself, her family and her community.

GENERAL DONATION

If you can't decide between the projects shown here, you can choose to make a general donation in the knowledge that it will go towards the project most in need of your support at the time.

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