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Continued partnerships to support engagement with Indigenous communities


Hope2Day, Cathy Freeman Foundation



In 2020, we continued to champion education in Indigenous communities in Australia through our partnerships with Engineering Aid Australia and the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, with both partnerships in their third year running.

We also renewed our partnership with Hope2Day and were pleased to support a new charity partner, the Cathy Freeman Foundation.


Hope2Day, based in the Laverton region of Western Australia, educates youths and community members on the value of exercise through a bike building program that also teaches rapport, fine motor skills, problem solving, teamwork and mentoring. The program has been shown to positively influence school attendance and engagement.

SMEC has long-standing involvement with Hope2Day, commencing as the title sponsor of the inaugural charity ride in 2017 and supporting again in 2019.

In 2020, in addition to financial support, SMEC employees participated in the Hope2Day annual charity ride from Rubra on Swan to Laverton, a total of 1,000 kilometres. SMEC also delivered 30 recycled bikes to the community centre for local children to use.

“I have had the privilege of supporting Hope2Day over the last number of years, being involved in the Project Recycle and the Perth-Laverton Cycling Classic. It was thoroughly rewarding to mentor local youths in repairing school bikes for the community. It’s more than learning skills, it gives young people a chance to help someone else who is also in need, leaving an enduring social impact,” said Barry Wilson, SMEC Area Manager Perth.

Cathy Freeman Foundation

In 2020, SMEC was proud to support the Cathy Freeman Foundation (CFF), which was established in 2007 to help Indigenous children and their families recognise the power of education in achieving their goals and dreams. The Foundation develops long-term partnerships with remote Indigenous communities, working to an international community development framework. Through CFF programs, local Indigenous people are employed to build the capacity of communities in a long term and sustainable manner, and students receive support in the classroom and through Horizons camps to build confidence, teach goal setting and resilience skills and support them through to year 12 completion.

SMEC employees also participated in the CFF ‘Stride for Education’ initiative to support mindfulness and wellbeing during mental health week. SMEC employees were encouraged to walk a total of 115 kilometres over the duration of the initiative – the average distance between communities supported by CFF and their nearest major town.