We Stand Together Pack
We have selected 5 of our beautiful 15ml Paints of which 100% of proceeds will go towards the efforts of The EON Foundation and The Ron Finlay Project.
Our Pack includes:
I have really come to know that I personally will never be able to relate to the traumas and experiences people have faced. Not for any other reason but because of the colour of my skin. White. I feel so sad even saying that out loud. It’s not right. It’s devastating actually. It’s not fair and I’m truly sorry for anyone here or someone you know that has experienced racism.
There are so many wrongs to this story but one that really stood out to me was that a large percentage of indigenous people, whether it be in Australia or America, are piled into locations/zones. They are zoned into areas where in some suburbs don’t even have a supermarket or have access to the same fresh, healthy foods as predominantly white communities have. And if they do, either the prices are so much more than what they should be or they are so chemically sprayed that an organic apple is only a far away dream.
To see human rights like food, taken away from people because of their colour and suburb they live in should be a crime yet somehow this is happening. In 2020. My heart breaks at this thought. With studies showing now that 70% of deaths are caused by chronic disease – mostly being the result of the toxic food system we have today. Chronic diseases that are preventable with good nutrition yet these suburbs are built with drug, alcohol, take away food drive-ins or dialysis stores as their go-to’s. People have the right to have nutrient dense food. Full stop. Our kids of today have the right to be healthy. Being healthy shouldn’t be a privilege. It’s our human right. And with that fortunatly there are many people who are already doing amazing things to change the system for our future.
Two organisations in particular stood out to me and I’m super pumped to follow and support them on their journey for change.
- EON Foundation
EON Foundation delivers a nutrition-focused, healthy lifestyle and disease prevention program- the EON Thriving Communities Program. They build edible gardens in remote Aboriginal schools and communities for a secure supply of fresh fruit and vegetables, and partner with them to deliver a hands-on gardening, nutrition education and cooking program. They provide training and local employment opportunities to build long-term, healthy lifestyle change in community. EON Foundation was established in 2005 in response to the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research’s large-scale investigation into Aboriginal Child Health in WA. This landmark study highlighted the extremely poor health conditions faced by Aboriginal children, particularly those living in remote communities. Why do they do what they do? Here are some stats:
•95% of Indigenous children have an inadequate daily intake of fruit and vegetables.
- The cost of fresh food products in remote Indigenous communities is between 35% and 45% higher than in the nearest capital city.
- Hot chips, sugary drinks, high-fat processed meats, salty snacks and white bread are the highest contributors to calorific intake for remote Indigenous children.
- Up to 90% of children in remote communities have some form of middle ear infection which is associated with poor nutrition.
- Indigenous children are 8 times more likely to have Type 2 diabetes than non-Indigenous children.
- Five of the seven leading factors contributing to the health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians (obesity, high blood cholesterol, alcohol, high blood pressure, low fruit and vegetable intake) relate to poor diet.
- The Ron Finlay Project – Bringing Culture & Community Together
Ron envisions a world where gardening is gangsta, where cool kids know their nutrition and where communities embrace the act of growing, knowing and sharing the best of the earth’s fresh-grown food. It’s time for Americans to learn to transform food deserts to food forests. Help them learn to regenerate their lands into creative business models. In part of this effort, Ron is planning to build an urban garden in South Central LA that will serve as an example of a well-balanced, fruit-and-veggie oasis called “HQ”. Inspired by the idea of turning unused space such as parkways and vacant lots into fruitful endeavours, this garden and gathering place will be a community hub, where people learn about nutrition and join together to plant, work and unwind. HQ will create a myriad of jobs for local residents, and this plot of land will be a self-sufficient ecosystem of gardening, education, cooking, business learning and management. The community will get their hands dirty together, shovel together, work together and be healthy together.
Meet Ron Finlay: Meet Ron Finley, a man who will not sit still and watch a problem take root. Having grown up in the South Central Los Angeles food prison, Ron is familiar with the area’s lack of fresh produce. He knew what it’s like to drive 45 minutes just to get a fresh tomato.
In 2010, he set out to fix the problem. Outside his front door, that is. Ron planted vegetables in the curb side dirt strip next to his home. And quietly, carefully, tenderly started a revolution. I wanted a carrot without toxic ingredients I didn’t know how to spell, says Ron. Determined to change South Central Los Angeles from food desert to food forest, he wants his actions to be educational, inspiring, and nutritious. He wants kids to grow up with the option of healthy food, instead of fried, fattening staples. He wants to sweep up and transform his street, his hood, the city of LA and communities everywhere.
Sweet Sticks has created the “We Stand Together” pack. 5 colours that represent our indigenous people. 100% of profits will be evenly distributed to the EON Foundation and to The Ron Finlay Project.
Change needs to start from the ground up.. Literally.