EON Foundation ambassador Rishelle Hume of Butler is taking part in the Chevron City to Surf for Activ 2018 on Sunday, August 26.
Ms Hume, who is Chevron Australia’s Aboriginal employment manager is training three times a week for the event.
“My family and I will be completing the 4km run,’’ she said.
“I am half way to my target of $5000.
“Whatever I raise Chevron Australia have agreed to match dollar for dollar for the EON Foundation.’’
She said the EON’s thriving communities program was an early intervention nutrition-based healthy lifestyle and disease prevention program.
EON works in partnership with communities and their schools to develop and grow large edible gardens to provide a secure, cheap supply of healthy vegetables and fruit in communities where fresh food is not easily available due to long distances from major supply centres.
The EON Foundation also delivers nutritional, cooking and hygiene education, to the school children as part of their regular school timetable, and to adult community members through practical workshops.
Sustainability is vital, so EON also provides horticultural training and job opportunities.
“Poor nutrition is the norm in remote communities because of food insecurity – poor access to affordable nutritious food – coupled with poor understanding of the value of good nutrition for health.
“The consequences in remote communities are far-reaching because nutritional poverty and food insecurity have been identified as major impediments to health, educational and work outcomes.
“I was inspired by the work that the EON Foundation do to improve health needs of Aboriginal families living in remote locations, so I chose to fund raise and advocate for them as part of my participation in the Chevron City to Surf for Activ event over the past two years and again this year.
“Through my fundraising campaign over the past two years I have raised a total of $15,473 to support the EON Foundation’s work towards achieving positive outcomes for our Aboriginal communities and reduce preventable and chronic disease caused by poor nutrition.’’