In 2017, the Byron Bay Lighthouse Run will be supporting the Mai Wiru Sugar Challenge Foundation.
Mai Wiru Sugar Challenge Foundation was born out of a need to raise much needed funds, to run positive programs and support Indigenous Australians improve their health through improved nutrition.
The Mai Wiru Regional Stores Policy was developed in 2000-2001. It has shown the dramatic change over time, where people on the APY Lands were sourcing their foods, as well as what was available and its cost to community members. As a result, the Mai Wiru project commenced work with the community owned stores and improve food security (the availability and affordability of healthy food and essential items every day in the local store).
Fast forward to 2014, Mai Wiru has incorporated into an Anangu owned and directed store management body that is independent of government funding and is now managing 5 stores on the APY Lands. Although it is an ongoing task, the Mai Wiru Regional Stores Council has assured food security in the stores it manages.
Having healthy food available does not mean people choose to eat that food all the time, or even most of the time. This is where the Foundation comes in. Our programs are developed and designed in an inclusive and sharing way – taking the best everyone has to offer to ensure the best outcomes for community members.
We have some merchandise available here: https://thefundraising.