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About EON
EON Foundation Inc
was created in 2005
to provide practical support to improve the
health and well-being of Aboriginal people in
remote Indigenous communities. The not-for-
profit organisation delivers the EON Thriving
Communities Program with the main focus being
chronic disease prevention by providing access
to fresh food and knowledge of its link to better
health and disease prevention.
Australian children in remote Indigenous
communities are more susceptible to life
threatening diseases due to poor health and diet.
In fact, 19% of the gap between Indigenous and
non-Indigenous health is due to poor nutrition.
The Program started in one location in the
Kimberley in 2008 and is now a flourishing and
nationally recognised success story that operates
in over 14 communities and counting!
The model for the EON Thriving Communities
Program is multi-faceted, dynamic, grass roots
and innovative. EON Thriving Communities
program consists of:
EON Edible Gardens (EEG)
– Growing fresh
fruit, vegetables and bush tucker in large edible
gardens located in or adjacent to remote
community schools.
• EON Healthy Eating
– Using the produce from
the gardens to teach children and adults the
nutritional benefits of fruit and vegetables and
how to cook simple and delicious meals.
• EON Education and Training
– Formal TAFE and
informal horticultural, nutrition, cooking, hygiene
skills and training.
• EON Healthy Homes
– Hands-on workshops
to extend food hygiene message to the home to
prevent infectious diseases.
Our vision is to make a lasting contribution in
remote Aboriginal Communities to the reduction
of preventable disease caused by poor nutrition.
Our mission is to grow, in partnership with
remote Aboriginal communities, edible gardens
and practical healthy eating programs that sow
the seeds of changing attitudes to nutrition for
generations to come.
EON commits for five years to communities
and develops its program together with the
community and its school. We help build the
capacity and capabilities of the community,
offering training and employment to local
people, to ensure the gardens and healthy eating
programs are sustainable. Many of the gardens
are school-based and are used as an outdoor
classroom for the kids – they have fun, get dirty
and learn about healthy food. They also get to eat
the tucker!
** EON Foundation Inc. is an independent organisation which is endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient under the income Tax Assessment Act
(1997) and is registered as a Certified Charitable Organisation in accordance with the provisions of the Charitable Collections Act (1946).