Freshwater Farm collaborate with Worimi artist to raise funds for Indigenous Literacy Foundation

CEO and Founder Al Hutcherson, artist Brittney Paulson, Indigenous Literacy Foundation representative Laura Atherden and Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan.

LOCAL Worimi artist Brittney Paulson has collaborated with Great Lakes Freshwater Farm to raise funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

This week saw the celebration of a successful collaboration between Indigenous artist Brittney Paulson and Northern Beaches-based business Freshwater Farm, which farms in the Great Lakes region.

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Earlier in the year, Brittney Paulson was given the chance to collaborate with Freshwater Farm to design imagery for a limited-edition hand wash and soap bar in which 20 cents from every item sold would be going to the charity.

Brittney created a beautiful piece called ‘Where the land meets the sea’, depicting the Great Lakes area on the Mid North Coast of NSW where Freshwater Farm is located.

On a rainy Sydney day, the sunshine briefly appeared when CEO and Founder Al Hutcherson presented a cheque for $26,600 to Indigenous Literacy Foundation representative Laura Atherden, with the help of Brittney Paulson.

Ms Atherden said that she was thrilled at the amount raised.

“This money will see over 2,500 new books published in Indigenous communities around Australia, giving them the opportunity to publish books in their own language,” she said.

The charity’s purpose is to invest in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to provide the tools and resources they request to shape the direction of their children’s literacy future.

Through investment in Community and strategic partnerships, the ILF will support sustainable and positive change in Indigenous literacy through the supply of books and a greater focus on the publication of Indigenous content.

Claire Lind, a member of the Freshwater Farm team, told News Of The Area that the Farm’s partnership with Woolworths and Chemist Warehouse has made the success of this collaboration possible.

“We quickly reached $26,600 which was a really proud achievement for our family run business.

“We are so thankful to have worked with Brittney, and to have been able to support the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

“They are only a small charity, but they are doing big things for writers and artists within aboriginal communities that would otherwise not have the opportunity to get their work in print,” Ms Lind said.

Brittney Paulson said that her work reflects her mob and culture and is thankful to have been able to work with Freshwater Farm.

“My art style is mainly using vibrant colours to symbolise the beauty of our land, the strength of our people, and connection to culture.

“My art portrays an appreciation and emotional connection to the land, and personal experiences and my journey as an Indigenous artist has only just begun; I’m still growing every day.

“I love sharing my culture, and I am proud to be a strong Aboriginal woman,” she said.

Limited-edition stock from the range will remain available in Chemist Warehouse and Woolworths Supermarkets and online at www.freshwaterfarm.com.au while stock lasts.

By Tara CAMPBELL

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