Deadly Girlz eager for change
THEY are well known locally as the Deadly Sista Girlz and soon their message of healthy living and mental well-being for indigenous women will get a great deal stronger.
Under a funding announcement, the Deadly Sista Girlz this week were granted $100,000 by the Federal Government to
fund their culture and capability program in Coffs Harbour over the next two years.
The program will be delivered from July 1, by a group of volunteers who have a strong track record of delivering indigenous women's action.
The Deadly Sista Girlz will use the funding to run weekly social and cultural sessions, women's circle with elders and community leaders through to practical activities, education materials and health screening.
In their focus on health, they'll encourages indigenous women to
try new activities such as yoga, zumba and family activities like mini golf, dancing and fitness boot camps.
The funding was made available by Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion and Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker.
"Deadly Sista Girlz will provide Aboriginal women and their families the opportunity to access
culture and fitness activities in a safe, friendly and supportive group environment," Mr Hartsuyker said.
"They take a proactive strategy based on prevention and use their fitness and well-being programs as the 'front door' to increase the participation of local women in activities that they are involved with."
Funding was provided through the Coalition Government's $860million Indigenous Advancement Strategy.