Epic Good partners with like-minded organisations to support improved health outcomes for all Australians

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Hawthorn Indigenous Program

Epic Good’s support has assisted development of the Hawthorn Indigenous Program with the aim of further supporting Australia’s Indigenous communities through mentorship, lifestyle and participation programs, while also providing financial support and employment opportunities through the vehicle of Australian Rules Football.

Cathie visited Lockhart River for the first time in 2014, where she was confronted by the disparities in health outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. At the same time Cathie witnessed how sport engaged young people regardless of cultural heritage – the kids in the remote community in QLD loved AFL as much as her own son back in Brisbane.

Cathie and Stuart had previous involvement with the Hawks Foundation, but it was Cathie’s experience at Lockhart River that was the springboard to personally do more to connect sport with health outcomes.

The extensive program includes a raft of support and development mechanisms, and aims to build leadership while promoting cultural awareness, school attendance and healthy lifestyle choices to all who are involved.

In 2016, Epic Good along with the Hawthorn Football Club formed a new partnership with the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. The partnership has evolved in many ways and includes a joint publishing project working with Indigenous students in Katherine and Healesville.  In 2016, young players with the Big River Hawks published the anthology Shock ‘Em: stories of the Big River Hawks and in 2018, the students from Worawa Aboriginal College, launched The Deadly Sisters of Worawa. Profits from the sales of the books go back onto developing more literacy resources.

The partnership between the EGF, HFC and the ILF also includes an annual fundraising event called Kick on for Literacy, celebrated each year in National Reconciliation Week to acknowledge Sir Doug Nicholls Round of the AFL, while bringing together football and book lovers alike to raise awareness of, and funds for, the ILF.

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Why we do it

Epic Good is about supporting greater health outcomes for all Australians with a particular goal of seeing a balance of gender equity and assisting in Closing the Gap in Indigenous health. The range of organisations Epic Good supports is diverse, but the common thread linking them is each has been able to engage us in a way that sees us want to add value above and beyond just writing a cheque. Successful entrepreneurship requires so much more than just a desire to make money, it takes passion and a strong sense of purpose, and we view our philanthropic activities as requiring a similar commitment and focus.

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Outside the Locker Room Partnership

The Epic Good Foundation was pleased in 2018 to announce a new partnership with Outside the Locker Room (OTLR), a program for players involved in sporting clubs, focusing on education and support in relation to their daily challenges. It’s a one-of-a-kind program that includes mentoring of players across the key areas of mental health, drugs, […]

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"Without the support from the Epic Good Foundation, Indigistream could not have produced its web series “Which Way The Fish” and the follow-up series 'Which Way Your Health'. Both series' had a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and the Foundation’s support assisted with all aspects of production to highlight the great work done in Aboriginal communities in the health sector. Indigistream cannot thank Epic Good enough for believing in a project that was five years in the making, and we hope to continue future projects with the Epic Good Foundation."
Donald Johannessen

Our partnership with Stuart, Cathie and the Epic Good Foundation is something we are extremely proud of at the Hawthorn Football Club. The partnership demonstrates the power of harnessing the vehicle of sport in helping close the gap in Indigenous communities. 

Our five-year partnership has allowed us to work together to help generate greater health, education and employment opportunities for Indigenous Australians, thanks to incredibly rewarding programs. The opportunity to make a difference together is something we’re really proud of at Hawthorn, and we look forward to continuing to create national change that is Epic Good!

Justin Reeves, CEO Hawthorn Football Club
The Indigenous Literacy Foundation is extremely proud to work with and be strongly supported by the Epic Good Foundation to address literacy levels in remote Indigenous communities. In the past three years this partnership has seen the development of a number of incredibly exciting and inspiring literacy based projects which highlight the talent of young Indigenous students from remote regions across Australia.   The Epic Good Foundation has been instrumental in initiating and introducing a series of collaborative partnerships, raising critically needed funds to support writing projects and which have included organisations as diverse as Sydney Writers Festival, Hawthorn Football Club and the Clontarf Foundation.
Karen Williams, Executive Director, Indigenous Literacy Foundation
"As a start-up charitable program, TRACTION is delighted to have had the support of the Epic Good Foundation since the program kicked off in 2015. Since then over 476 young people in need have graduated TRACTION programs. Epic Good has contributed funds towards the purchase of tooling and equipment to establish workshops that expand our reach. It has also supported the delivery of TRACTION school holiday Bike Build programs which provide the chance for a broader range of participants to develop practical vocational and social skills and the confidence to build their own futures. Partnering with Epic Good, we’ve been able to make a greater impact empowering more young people in need."
Sandy Murdoch – Founder, Traction

“The Puuya Foundation has greatly appreciated the support provided by the Epic Good Foundation. This support has allowed us to continue our good governance and work in the Lockhart River Aboriginal Community.”

The Puuya Foundation