The Hon. Wayne Martin AC has joined the Board of EON Foundation.
The former Chief Justice has been a passionate advocate throughout his career for those most affected by issues that impact on access to justice, including the disproportionate rates of incarceration of Indigenous people.
Mr Martin has been a strong advocate and supporter of the EON Foundation for a number of years in his capacity as an Advisory Panel member and officially took up his appointment to the Board on August 9, 2018.
“Wayne’s commitment to advocacy for Indigenous welfare has been a hallmark of his professional life,” EON Chair, Caroline de Mori said. “He has long supported the EON Thriving Communities Program in remote communities and will now be able to contribute his vast experience, passion and insights and help continue the successful delivery of our program to more remote schools and communities.”
Mr Martin said he was delighted to be joining the Board of the EON Foundation. “Poor nutrition is a critical factor in the chronic disease epidemic facing Indigenous communities. EON works in genuine partnership with Aboriginal communities and their schools to develop and grow edible gardens to provide a secure and freely accessible supply of healthy fruit, vegetables and bush tucker. This not only provides essential nutrition but ensures children and their families have the knowledge and confidence to make good food choices.”
EON Foundation was set up in 2005 to address the health gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians. The EON Thriving Communities Program is an early intervention, nutrition-based healthy lifestyle and disease prevention program.
EON works in partnership with Aboriginal communities and their schools to develop and grow large edible gardens to provide a secure and freely accessible supply of healthy fruit, vegetables and bush tucker.
The EON Thriving Communities Program includes delivery of nutrition, cooking and hygiene education to school children as part of their regular school timetable and to adult community members through practical workshops.
Sustainability is vital, so EON also provide horticultural training and job opportunities to Aboriginal community members. EON walks alongside the school and community for between three and five years to ensure sustainability.
After 13 years in operation, EON has partnered with 24 remote communities across the State’s Pilbara and Kimberley region and has recently expanded operations for the first time into 3 communities in the Northern Territory.
Demand continues to grow for the by ‘invitation-only’ EON Thriving Communities Program.
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