The Australian Indigenous Alpine Sport Foundation is delighted to announce the Launch of our Foundation and our “Cool Walkings” program at the National Press Club of Australia in Canberra at a luncheon event on Thursday 2nd June, 2016. Bookings can be made at https://npc.org.au/member_events/aiasf.
The AIASF will be announcing the success of our inaugural snow camp program for disadvantaged Aboriginal youth from urban, regional and remote Australia. We are also celebrating the success and achievements of Australia’s first Indigenous Winter Athlete, Mikayla George, who will be the “Guest of Honour” at the Launch. This event will be hosted by local media identity Tim Shaw with presentations by prominent Aboriginal figures Dr Colin Dillon AM APM, Marcia Ella-Duncan AM, and Angel John Gallard as well as our Chair Ken Randall AM, and attended by Politicians, Corporate Australia and the Australian Ski Industry.
We will be also be launching a fundraising online Auction, and a crowd funding website which will be promoted via our “Cool Walkings” program to support Mikayla with her Olympic dream.
The AIASF ran our first indigenous youth camp last year and are preparing for our next set of camps to run in 2016. The camps are fully funded through donations and allow disadvantaged Indigenous youth the opportunity to travel to the snow (Thredbo, NSW) and engage in ski/snowboard training, team building and mentoring. The program is an engagement program aimed at addressing a whole range of inequity issues faced by Aboriginal Australians such as; mental health, school disengagement, health, education, workplace pathways, access, etc. The aim is to address these issues whilst continuing to build student engagement with schools and community, mentors, teachers, liaison offers, peers and coaches.
All AIASF sponsors and supporters will be acknowledged at both the event and in the media promotion of our Launch. The Australian Indigenous Alpine Sport Foundation has full deductible gift recipient status from the Australian Tax Office and all donations over $2.00 are tax deductible.
Should you not be in a position to attend our launch please follow our crowd funding and our online Auction or make a donation now through our ‘Donate’ button at the top of this page. Keep an eye on our Events page for further details.