Bridging the Gap Foundation has received an overwhelming amount of support in the past few months, the generosity from individuals and businesses fundraising exceeding all expectations. The Foundation is using the funds raised to employ an Indigenous trainee for Menzies HealthLab, which includes a paid full time role including training and study at Menzies for 12 months.
One of the HealthLab trainees is Zoe Fitzpatrick, a Yanyuwa and Garrwa woman originally from Borroloola in the Northern Territory. The Foundation has raised over $278,000 in the last few months which will allow for more traineeships being made available and also extending Zoe’s traineeship for another six months.
Alongside completing a bachelor in nursing, Zoe is a trainee with Menzies HealthLab's Headstart program. This program aims to deliver health education programs to remote Aboriginal communities and aligns perfectly with Zoe’s aspirations and beliefs. She is in the process of developing an educational video that will be available in multiple languages for Aboriginal and non- Aboriginal people to provide a better and more in-depth understanding of Indigenous health traditions. Bridging the Gap Foundation, in partnership with Momentum2, has successfully raised funds to make Zoe's important project a reality.
Momentum2 reached out to multiple news outlets to tell the story of Zoe’s success. Marie Claire published an extensive interview with Zoe about her project and life work. The article highlighted Zoe’s ambitions as being an Aboriginal healthcare educator through her project funded by Bridging the Gap and working with Menzies HealthLab. Her creative endeavours are also credited by mentioning her business Mardijbalina Art that showcases her authentic Aboriginal paintings and jewellery, which she sells on Instagram.
Momentum2 is looking forward to continuing to work with Bridging the Gap Foundation and the media to help close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians’ health and education opportunities and outcomes.
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