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Media Release

St.George Foundation lends a helping hand to young Indigenous Australians

22 June 2016

Pagewood-based community organisation, First Hand Solutions Aboriginal Corporation has received a grant of $48,600 to run a series of leadership programs to help Indigenous youth develop their skills and confidence, thanks to the St.George Foundation.

First Hand Solutions provides opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth to learn and connect with their traditional culture and build relationships with their elders and communities.

Peter Cooley, CEO of First Hand Solutions said, “First Hand Solutions programs teach Indigenous youth about cultural traditions through hands-on activities, whilst also encouraging them to develop leadership and communication skills.

“As we celebrate NAIDOC Week, Australians recognise the history, culture and achievements of the Indigenous community and this grant will help us share those stories with the next generation of Indigenous Australians.

“We are thrilled to partner with St.George Foundation and this generous donation will enable us to achieve our focus of empowering young Indigenous people with life skills and confidence,” Peter added.

Vanessa Barry, Head of St.George Foundation said, “We are delighted to support First Hand Solutions with $48,600 so they can continue their fantastic work to help young Indigenous people build connections to their communities and develop their self-esteem.

“First Hand Solutions is one of 12 community organisations who received a share of over $400,000 in funding in our latest grant round. We look forward to announcing more grants to local organisations committed to transforming the lives of disadvantaged children,” added Vanessa.