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Cathy Freeman Foundation


One of the greatest sporting moments in Australian history was when Cathy Freeman won the gold medal for Australia in the Sydney Olympic 2000 Games, with the energy of the whole nation propelling her to the finish line. Cathy is now fuelled by her belief that every child deserves their gold medal moment. Unfortunately today, there still exists a significant education gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian children. By providing education support and opportunities to children in remote Indigenous communities, Cathy’s greatest challenge now is to help close this education gap.

The Cathy Freeman Foundation was established in 2007 and its mission is to help Indigenous children experience their potential in school, and beyond. CFF currently works with 1600 Indigenous children and families by partnering with four remote Indigenous communities. This includes:
• Palm Island in northern Queensland since 2007;
• Wurrumiyanga on Bathurst Island in the Northern Territory since August 2014;
• Woorabinda in central Queensland since October 2014; and the
• Galiwin’ku in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory since January 2015.

Team Freeman

Join Team Freeman and together we can help build education pathways and brighter futures for Indigenous children. Whether you want to walk, run or dance to the finish line, we welcome you on Team Freeman!


All Team Freeman members who fundraise over $100 will receive a Team Freeman running singlet.




As you get ready to enter one of the Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival events, able bodied and full of knowledge, hopes and dreams, imagine what it would be like not to be able to walk…or move…or see…or feed…or speak. That is the world of many young people who suffer from a severe acquired brain injury. Because of their high care needs, when living at home becomes impossible they are moved into old people’s homes. More than 6000 Australians under 50 live in aged care.

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What we do

The JMB Foundation’s vision is simple: all young sufferers of acquired brain injury should be fully and appropriately supported in their financial, rehabilitation and accommodation needs.
We work on two fronts: to raise money and to raise public awareness.
In recent times we have been closely involved in the planning and development of a 10-bed purpose-built high care facility for young people in Austin Street, Alphington. These are young men and women with severe brain injuries who would otherwise have been housed in aged care nursing homes.
The home is a joint project between the Victorian Department of Human Services and care provider Villa Maria, and was the first of its kind in Victoria.
In addition to assisting with capital construction funding, the Foundation has also provided money for resident therapy resources.
Other young people’s residential projects supported by JMB include two developed by Yooralla as part of the ‘My Future My Choice’ initiative. These are at Dunblane Road, Noble Park and Railway Street South, Altona.
The Foundation funding provided state of the art resident-controlled automated doors, and essential ceiling hoists.
We also provide financial support to individuals and their families. This takes many forms – from home modifications such as ramps or wheelchair-friendly bathrooms, to equipment, to extra therapy hours, to funding community access.

Who we Help

Ben Thompson is a fresh faced 27 year old who greets each question with a smile. His favourite food is pizza. His favourite activity is physiotherapy. When he is particularly enthused about a subject he can’t get the words out fast enough. They merge and jam together in his mouth, creating a high pitched sound coming from the back of his throat. When this happens a couple of deep breaths can help.

It was deep breathing that led to Ben regaining his speech last year. His physiotherapist took him through an exercise where Ben had to hold his breath under water. Ben hated it. The physio could see Ben wanted to say something.  He urged him, and under force of emotion Ben said the word that so often expresses anger and frustration. F___! The floodgates were opened.
Just over four years ago, when Ben was 22, he acquired a serious brain injury – the result of an unprovoked attack. Ben doesn’t remember the incident. He knows he was punched in the head and that his attackers were drunk. He repeats the word. Drunk. Drunk. Drunk.
With a lot of hard work and concentrated effort, Ben has come a long way since he was injured and he intends to continue on the path to recovery. His next goal is to walk. Once again his physio is helping him, with exercises on a vibrating platform to awaken his neural pathways.
Before his injury Ben was social and active. He continues to be outwardly social, particularly since he recovered his powers of speech, but his activities are curbed by the physical limitations of his brain injury. Ben relies on funding and family to participate in anything. What would Ben like more of? - Physio, every day if he could. And visitors. People who can help bridge the gap between his thoughts and actions. 
Ben’s advice, “Don’t give up hope”! There is still so much to hope for.
The JMB Foundation is proud to be involved with Ben and his family. In 2010 we were able to help Ben’s mother Robyn buy a specially modified vehicle for him, and we have since contributed to the costs of his therapy and community access through our grants scheme.

Why we are

James' Story

One evening in October 2006 James Macready-Bryan went into the city with a friend to visit a club where they knew the DJ. It was early, about 9.30. It had been a good day - his twentieth birthday, with the weekend to come before a return to his Arts/Law studies at Monash.

But that night things went terribly, terribly wrong. A casual comment, and the offence it caused to a group of youths, triggered a series of events that now leaves James totally and permanently disabled.
There was an argument, an attack, and then a knock-out punch that sent his head slamming into the pavement, causing total, permanent and catastrophic brain injury. The sporty, life-loving student is now housed in a young people’s residential facility where he requires 24-hour care. He cannot move or speak, and is fed through a tube.
What happens to a 25-year-old acquired brain injury sufferer like James Macready-Bryan? Who looks after him? Who takes responsibility for his care? Where does he go? Who pays?
James’ parents and friends tried to find the answers to all these questions in the aftermath of his injury. What became apparent was that, for those not injured by a car or at work, support is hard to find, complicated, underfunded, unfair, fragmented and inefficient.
The JMB Foundation was set up to address these issues, and to try and make life a bit easier for families coping with the terrible reality of catastrophic brain injury.
Because it could happen to any of us.


Australian Red Cross is proudly celebrating our 100th birthday this year, so there's no better time to show your support for Red Cross. We're already looking forward to celebrating the next 100 years of people helping people, and would like to invite you to join us and be part of the journey.

Australian Red Cross is committed to helping vulnerable people across Australia and further afield. Our work is focused on improving lives and reducing vulnerability: from reconnecting families and finding out the fate of loved ones torn apart by war, to providing over 750,000 nutritious breakfasts to school children each year. And when disaster strikes around the country, we are among the first to arrive and the last to leave.

Red Cross believes that mobilising the power of humanity can make a real difference to those in need - run for Red Cross and play your part in making the world a better place.


Red Cross works with the most vulnerable people and communities in Australia and internationally. Our work is focused around seven priority areas:
• Strengthening national emergency preparedness, response and recovery
• Increasing international aid and development
• Partnering with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
• Overcoming social exclusion by providing bridges back into the community
• Tackling entrenched locational disadvantage
• Championing international humanitarian law.
• Addressing the impact of migration
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Choosing to be a Red Cross Hero is rewarding, not just for you but for those who are the most in need of your help.
To thank you for your outstanding commitment we want to make sure your experience as part of the team is as memorable and fulfilling as can be.

As a member of team Red Cross Heroes you will receive a team kit, including:

• A limited-edition centenary Red Cross running singlet
• A Red Cross running visor
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