It was clear to these women and their family that during treatments, where their illness was being addressed in the best ways available, their well-being was challenged by the absence of culturally nurturing practices. This Foundation was formed to address this and to provide culturally friendly support to people and their families who are dealing with cancer.
This was the beginning, from here the vision expands to creating a healthy lifestyle in community and in time to extend our knowledge and services to support people living with cancer in the wider community.
Mardi was a very strong Gumbaynggirr woman, proud of her culture and language. Mardi was a Gumbaynggirr language teacher who delighted in sharing her knowledge of culture with younger community members. She loved her sports and loved supporting her young nieces and nephews, cheering them on from the sidelines.
While undergoing treatment for cancer, Mardi was insistent that an organisation such as this Foundation was needed to help others who came after her. Those who knew her were touched by her big heart and her sense of fun.
Florence was a ‘straight talker’, she would always speak her truth. Her culture and the language were very important to her.
Flo was a wonderful mother to Steven. She also took in other children in need of a home and cared for them, as their mum. There was always room for one more in her home. Her caring nature touched many people in her life.
Flo will always be remembered for her smile. It could open up a whole room. She will also be remembered for the way she made people laugh.
We, the members of the Foundation are family to Mujaay and Ganma. We established this Foundation in honour of our loved ones, who spent the last years of their lives living with cancer.
Mujaay Ganma Foundation Aboriginal Corporation is registered with the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations. It is a ‘not for profit’ organisation and is in the process of becoming a Deductible Gift Recipient.
Through fundraising and applying for grants and engaging in partnerships, this Foundation will in culturally supportive ways:
CHAIRPERSON: Aunty Ruth Walker
Gumbaynggirr woman, Custodial Elder of her country. Mother, Grandmother and Great grandmother, Mother of Mardi and Sister of Florence.
TREASURER: Aunty Rita Ballangarry
Gumbaynggirr woman, Custodial Elder of her country. Mother, Grandmother and Great grandmother, Aunty to Mardi and Sister to Florence.
SECRETARY: Judith Stubbs
Aunty-in-law to Mardi and Sister-in-law to Florence.
MEMBER OF THE BOARD: Cynthia Ballangarry
Gumbaynggirr woman, Cousin to Mardi, Niece to Florence.
MEMBER OF THE BOARD: Kenneth Walker
Gumbaynggirr man, Brother to Mardi, Nephew to Florence.
Painting by: Steven Ballangarry
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