The Outback Academy Australia is an Aboriginal-led, not-for-profit organisation whose purpose is to drive game-changing approaches to Aboriginal business, employment, education, health and wellbeing.
The Red Dust Heelers is the only grassroots Aboriginal-led movement in Australia promoting the abilities of people with disability. They focus on a reconciliation model with the aim of engaging Aboriginal youth in adaptive parasports, and friendships between Aboriginal and other Australians with and without disability.
Women’s Wheeling and Healing Program by Outback Academy is funded by the Christine Friday & Kathleen Pooley Sub Fund, as part of the Victorian Women’s Benevolent Trust.
Established in 2016, the foundation of this Sub Fund is thanks to the vision and generosity of Chris Friday who saw it as a way of honouring and acknowledging her late biological mother Kathleen Pooley (1906 – 1957).
Chris is a woman committed to supporting her community through her volunteering efforts and philanthropy.
The Sub-Fund seeks applications from:
Outback Academy will bring representatives from the Red Dust Heelers Women’s team to Shepparton to deliver their Wheeling and Healing program with twenty Aboriginal women with and without disabilities. Young women with disabilities who experience the Wheeling and Healing program will combine wheelchair basketball with a session sharing the Heelers’ own stories and approaches to keeping active, and physically, mentally and spiritually strong.