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.ninja/project/mai-wiru-foundation – if anyone is interested in getting a t-shirt to wear for the run they can order it here, it will take a week to get delivered.

DAMON GAMEAU – BIO

Damon Gameau is an award-winning film maker who is brought us ‘That Sugar Film’ – a documentary that explores the effects of sugar from perceived ‘healthy foods’. The film is now the highest-grossing documentary of all time in Australia and New Zealand, and has had major releases across the UK, Canada, South Africa, Europe and the United States. The film also won the 2015 AACTA award for Best Feature Documentary. Alongside the documentary came ‘That Sugar Book’ which is a best seller and is now available in 12 languages around the world. On the back of the success of That Sugar Film and That Sugar Book, Damon recently brought us That Sugar Guide which he has co-written with his wife Zoe.

Damon is also an actor who has appeared in a range of productions, including award-winning ’The Kettering Incident’ and ‘Balibo’. As a director, he was the winner of Tropfest in 2011 and That Sugar Film marked his first feature-length film.

Find out more about That Sugar Film here.

Through the generous support of philanthropic and strategic outreach partners Damon feels fortunate to now be driving change in many different areas, including through hundreds of Australian schools and the new free smartphone app, which is allowing users to track their sugar consumption every day in a fun and engaging way.

Damon is currently working on his new documentary ‘2040’ – a vision board of how the world could look if we were to act on the good ideas available to us right now. It crosses subjects of climate change, economics, wellbeing, design and innovation, education and more. Damon is a passionate advocate for good health both for humans and the earth, and is determined to help people find a happier way of living.

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