Palm Island is one of Australia’s largest remote Indigenous communities and is the fourth most disadvantaged community in Australia (Australian Bureau of Statistics). Less than 10% of students graduate from secondary school on Palm Island and truancy rates can be as high as 55%. The Cathy Freeman Foundation supports the education of over 500 school-aged children on Palm Island each year by working together with the schools and community to provide programs that aim to increase educational outcomes on the island.
Cottage by the Sea has worked in partnership with the Cathy Freeman Foundation (CFF) since 2008, delivering and hosting camps in Melbourne (including Queenscliff) and the ski fields of Mt. Buller in Victoria as part of the Cathy Freeman Foundation Horizons Program.
The CFF Horizons Program provides Palm Island students with fully funded camps and excursions designed to empower them with experiences outside of Palm Island. In addition to rewarding academic achievement, the Horizons program has a strong educational and cultural focus within the camp structure. If you would like to learn more information about Palm Island and the Horizons Program, visit http://www.cathyfreemanfoundation.org.au/
“I told my bad sister about all the good fun stuff we did on our trip to Cottage by the Sea, and now she is trying to be good and not run away from school so she can get picked to go to Cottage next time.”