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Cathy Freeman Foundation

Undoubtedly one of the greatest moments in Australian sporting history was when Cathy Freeman won the gold medal for Australia in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. With the energy of the whole nation propelling her to the finish line, Cathy is now fuelled by her belief that every child deserves their gold medal moment.

With this belief, the Cathy Freeman Foundation (CFF) was established to help Indigenous children experience their potential in school, and beyond.

This year CFF is delighted to have extended its work on Palm Island to an additional three remote Indigenous communities - Woorabinda in Queensland and Wurrumiyanga and Galiwin’ku in the Northern Territory.

This means we now provide education programs for 1600 Indigenous children from Pre-Prep to Year 12 and their families.

Join Team Freeman

It is a very exciting time for the Foundation and we would love you to share in this excitement and join us on this challenging journey to create positive pathways for Indigenous children.

Please show your support by joining Team Freeman at this year’s Melbourne Marathon.

For your running and fundraising efforts, you will receive the following:

  • An exclusive Team Freeman Running Pack including running top, hat and water bottle
  • All the fundraising support you need from start to finish
  • An exclusive invite to the CFF after event gathering at the Team Freeman marquee, which will include refreshments, morning tea and entertainment

And of course that unbeatable feeling of being part of a great cause, keeping fit and having fun with a group of like-minded individuals.


JMB Foundation

As you get ready to enter one of the Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival events, able bodied and full of knowledge, hopes and dreams, imagine what it would be like not to be able to walk…or move…or see…or feed…or speak. That is the world of many young people who suffer from a severe acquired brain injury. Because of their high care needs, when living at home becomes impossible they are moved into old people’s homes. More than 6000 Australians under 50 live in aged care.

Help us raise awareness

When you register, join the JMB Team in your event. We'll give you a free JMB T-shirt or singlet to wear on the day.


Help us raise money

After you've registered in an event, make sure you create your own fundraising page and then join our JMB fundraising team.


What we do

The JMB Foundation’s vision is simple: all young sufferers of acquired brain injury should be fully and appropriately supported in their financial, rehabilitation and accommodation needs.

We work on two fronts:  raising money, that we can allocate to those who need it;  and raising public awareness, not just of the need for the assistance we provide, but also of the tragedy of ABI and the life-long damage that can be inflicted by senseless violence.

The JMB Foundation’s primary goal is to provide financial support for care and services to individuals and their families. This takes many forms, from funding for home modifications, such as the installation of ramps or wheelchair-friendly bathrooms, or equipment that assists with mobility or comfort levels, to contributing towards the cost of one-on-one care, remedial therapy, respite care or participation in community access activities.

This funding is only possible with the generous support of our donors.  Donations are the Foundation’s sole source of income and the money we raise is made available to approved applicants through a twice-yearly applications process.  In 2014 JMB funded grants totalling more than $135,000, providing support for 19 young men and women with an ABI.  This funding has made a genuine difference to their care, comfort and quality of life. 

The JMB Foundation also has a strong focus on raising awareness of the plight of ABI sufferers – in particular those whose injury is the result of a violent assault – with the aim of preventing such injuries from occurring in the first place.  We do this through education, and work in collaboration withStep Back Think to get the message through to those age groups most at risk of becoming a victim, or a perpetrator, of mindless, aggressive and/or alcohol-fuelled violence.

With the generous support of our donors, the JMB Foundation can continue to provide the funding that makes such a difference to the lives of the people we help.  We aim to build our fundraising to enable us to expand our grants program, so that in the future we can give even more financial assistance to a greater number of young men and women with an ABI, and help to improve life for them, their carers and their families.

Who we Help


Carl Champney was just 23 years old in 2003 when he was driving in rural Queensland and an oncoming vehicle ran him off the road. The result was an ABI that left Carl without the use of his arms and legs, and with significantly impaired vision and speech. Although cognitively largely functional, amnesia from the accident meant that Carl could not recall the details of what had happened until more than 12 months after the event – three months after the time limit for lodging a claim under Queensland’s fault-based traffic insurance scheme.

Carl has been living in ABI accommodation for more than 10 years since his accident. Support funding has only covered accommodation over that time, so he has received very little rehabilitation or therapy, and he is not eligible for additional disability or community funding because he is not deemed to be ‘living in the community’. Carl has severe muscle spasticity in his hands and feet, has had surgery to sever constricted tendons, and suffers from debilitating headaches and depression.

In 2013 the JMB Foundation granted funding to Carl for twice-weekly hydrotherapy and the attendant care support needed to allow him to participate in sessions. This is what his care advocate wrote after the therapy was underway.

“I visited Carl in Queensland … and am thrilled to report on the huge changes since I saw him last. Physically, Carl looks noticeably stronger. He has gained muscle strength and sits much straighter and with control in his wheelchair. Most strikingly, his joints have loosened and released, and he is able to now lengthen, straighten and lift his arms and legs. … He reports a reduction in the daily pain felt by the contractures, and a greatly increased quality of sleep.

At the beginning of the hydrotherapy sessions Carl, who has not moved in many years, had ‘no sense’ of his body. … He can now stand upright in the pool and walk for a short period.

Cognitively and psychologically, Carl is in a much better place. He looks forward to hydrotherapy (his only activity in the week) and sees himself now as having an opportunity to focus on the recovery that is possible. For Carl, this sense of purpose and hope is life-changing. He is … relearning that there is life beyond his ‘four walls’.”

The JMB Foundation is very pleased to have been able to help Carl to receive meaningful physical therapy for the first time in more than 10 years. But it is our generous donors who really make this possible. With your help we can, and do, make a genuine difference for young people with an ABI in Australia.

Why we are

James' Story

One evening in October 2006 James Macready-Bryan went into the city with a friend to visit a club where they knew the DJ. It was early, about 9.30. It had been a good day - his twentieth birthday, with the weekend to come before a return to his Arts/Law studies at Monash.

But that night things went terribly, terribly wrong. A casual comment, and the offence it caused to a group of youths, triggered a series of events that now leaves James totally and permanently disabled.
There was an argument, an attack, and then a knock-out punch that sent his head slamming into the pavement, causing total, permanent and catastrophic brain injury. The sporty, life-loving student is now housed in a young people’s residential facility where he requires 24-hour care. He cannot move or speak, and is fed through a tube.
What happens to a 28-year-old acquired brain injury sufferer like James Macready-Bryan? Who looks after him? Who takes responsibility for his care? Where does he go? Who pays?
James’ parents and friends tried to find the answers to all these questions in the aftermath of his injury. What became apparent was that, for those not injured by a car or at work, support is hard to find, complicated, underfunded, unfair, fragmented and inefficient.
The JMB Foundation was set up to address these issues, and to try and make life a bit easier for families coping with the terrible reality of catastrophic brain injury.

Because it could happen to any of us.



Australian Red Cross is proudly celebrating our 100th birthday this year, so there's no better time to show your support for Red Cross. We're already looking forward to celebrating the next 100 years of people helping people, and would like to invite you to join us and be part of the journey.

Australian Red Cross is committed to helping vulnerable people across Australia and further afield. Our work is focused on improving lives and reducing vulnerability: from reconnecting families and finding out the fate of loved ones torn apart by war, to providing over 750,000 nutritious breakfasts to school children each year. And when disaster strikes around the country, we are among the first to arrive and the last to leave.


Red Cross believes that mobilising the power of humanity can make a real difference to those in need - run for Red Cross and play your part in making the world a better place.


Red Cross works with the most vulnerable people and communities in Australia and internationally. Our work is focused around seven priority areas: 

• Strengthening national emergency preparedness, response and recovery
• Increasing international aid and development
• Partnering with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
• Overcoming social exclusion by providing bridges back into the community
• Tackling entrenched locational disadvantage 
• Championing international humanitarian law.
• Addressing the impact of migration
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Choosing to be a Red Cross Hero is rewarding, not just for you but for those who are the most in need of your help. 
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