Barry.Nilsson. partners with indigenous charity Barry.Nilsson. partners with indigenous charity

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Barry.Nilsson. partners with indigenous charity

Barry.Nilsson. is proud to announce its charitable partnership with the Junior Indigenous Marine and Environmental Cadets Program (JIME), enabling the program to expand nationally.

JIME was established in 2018 by former Australian cricketer Matthew Hayden AM and philanthropist Guy Reynolds AO, to offer a diversified and alternative education program to Indigenous students in Australia. With the help of marine charities such as Oz Fish, corporate partnerships and donations, JIME aims to break the cycle of dependency by educating students about long-term sustainability to preserve and protect their local waterways.

Through Barry.Nilsson.’s partnership, the firm will help raise awareness and funds alongside the organisation with a view to helping JIME expand its program at a national level.

Barry.Nilsson. Chief Operating Officer, Andrew Price, said the firm had made a pledge to raise $200,000 for the charity over the coming year by organising several state and national based fundraising activities across its six offices in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Hobart.

“As a firm, our vision is to make a difference to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the Tiwi Islands and around Australia by increasing the level of employment for young people after they complete their schooling,” said Mr Price.

“We’d like to build on the great work that Matthew and Guy have done in bringing this program to remote communities and contribute positive change for participating Indigenous students and their communities.”

JIME currently has 30 students participating in the programs in the Tiwi Islands, Cairns and Sydney, and anticipate this number to increase to 50 nationally in 2020. Barry.Nilsson. Special Counsel and National Pro Bono Manager, Emily Schneider, said the program aimed to change the course of the young Indigenous adults in these areas.

“The program will foster young adults to emerge with confidence, direction and industry experience to become the future leaders in their communities, while inspiring the students who follow them,” said Ms Schneider.

“As lawyers, we appreciate the good fortune that a good education can bring, and we’d like to give back by giving more students who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander the opportunity to access a brighter future.”

Through Barry.Nilsson.’s Impact Project, the firm is committed to providing pro bono legal assistance, community donations and reducing its environmental footprint.

For more information on JIME visit their website.

Donations can be made here.

For more information, please contact:
Sally Cuskelly
07 3231 6180