Campaign launched for world’s first Indigenous-led health retreat
Everyone has some idea of how bad the health crisis is in remote Indigenous communities. But the reality hits home for us every day, especially since starting the Hope For Health (HFH) program. Every day, someone asks us for help with specific and often serious health issues, and wants to be part of the HFH healing program. Many Yolngu now live in constant fear for themselves or their families - "Who is going to be next?". It's like living surrounded by ticking time bombs, but without being able to see the count downs.
This is why it's so important that our very first Health Retreat on Yolŋu country can happen this year, incorporating Yolngu food and traditional healing techniques.
Our Hope For Health team has recently launched their campaign to raise $80,000 to run the world’s first traditional health retreat in Arnhem Land. The retreat will accompany suffering community members through a detoxification and cross-cultural educational program that combines traditional wisdom, health expertise, modern nutrition and experiential learning. Participants will return to their community after 2 weeks, with the knowledge and strength to fight chronic disease in their own lives and those of their families.
In only a matter of days, donations have been pouring in and we have received social media support from the likes of Peter Helliar (The Project) and Lynn McGranger (Home and Away), as well as our Ambassadors - celebrity chef Pete Evans and NITV presenter Leila Gurruwiwi. But we still have a long way to go...
If you haven’t already, check out our inspiring video and consider making a donation! Together, we can change the face of Indigenous health in Australia and beyond.
This initial retreat will pave the way to run more regular retreats in coming years, growing the number of people experiencing true healing through food and developing a real understanding of the causes of disease. This is crunch time for Hope For Health as we build our capacity to tip the balance toward the Yolngu people regaining control of their health.
So please tell everyone about what we are doing, share and visit support.hopeforhealth.com.au.