BEAUTY WITH A PURPOSE 2012-2013
REMOTE INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY PROJECT
Challenges facing the Indigenous Communities
The Indigenous community continues to be one of the most disadvantaged people in Australia. Statistically, Indigenous people have poorer health, educational opportunities, life expectancy, and employment options. Along with these issues, many still have to deal with negative social attitudes.
Indigenous people living in remote areas of Australia are particularly disadvantaged - as the remoteness creates greater challenges, such as limited access to necessary services, like health services, trade services, and educational institutions. It also further reduces employment opportunities, which often results in these communities not having some basic living needs.
The Beauty with a Purpose Project
In 2012, the Miss World Australia Organisation was presented with a Wish List from the remote indigenous community of Lilla– later better known as the Necessity List.
Miss World Australia contestants from 2012 and 2013 have collectively raised an extraordinary $120,000 so far to fulfill the Wish List and begin the creation of a sustainable program to facilitate education for the local indigenous children. The funds raised will benefit not only Lilla, but also another four surrounding communities in the Watarrka area of the Northern Territory.
Working closely with the Lilla Foundation, the overall goal is to:
a. to support projects that promote the health, education and social economic development of the Indigenous Aboriginal people of Australia;
b. to relieve sickness and the preservation of health among the Indigenous Aboriginal people of Australia through the provision of financial assistance and support;
c. to advance the education of the Indigenous Aboriginal people of Australia through the provision of financial assistance and other support; and
d. to further or benefit the Indigenous Aboriginal residents of the Northern Territories and the wider community through the provision of financial assistance and support to other established charitable projects in a common effort to advance education and to provide facilities in the interests of social welfare and development with the objective of improving the conditions of life.
The First Wish List Delivery - 28 August 2013
Miss World Australia 2013 Erin Holland will be proudly representing the passion and drive of herself, previous contestants and the Miss World Australia Organisation between 26-28 August 2013, as she travels to the Red Center of Australia again to present the first delivery of fulfilled Wish List items, worth $70,000 (including delivery and installation), which will vastly improve the living conditions of five remote indigenous communities.
She will further announce that approximately $120,000 has been raised so far through the national contest for remote indigenous communities.
The items to be delivered are:
3 X Evaporative Cooling Systems
3 X Ducting and Registers for the Evaporative Cooling Systems
3 X Solar Hot Water Systems
3 X Solar Hot Water System Frost Protection
3 X Indoor Combustion Heaters
3 X Commercial Clothes Washing Machines
3 X Energy Efficient Household Refrigerators
60L X Exterior Paint
90L X Interior Paint
60L X Floor Paint
1 X Shipping/Storage Container
Although the majority of items on the Wish List have been fulfilled, there is still more to do.
The next goal is to help establish a sustainable school breakfast and lunch sponsorship program and further deliver to the community at least a Solar Bore Pump and Bobcat for community works.