Northeast Arnhem Land, Friday 29 July, 2016 – Sodexo, world leader in Quality of Life services, continues its longstanding partnership with the Yothu Yindi Foundation at Garma 2016, with a team of 45 Sodexo volunteers arriving in remote northeast Arnhem Land last week to begin preparation for the first of 24,000 meals to be served to about 2,000 attendees.
This year 50% of Sodexo’s volunteers are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage.
Along with mobilising the Bush Kitchen at the remote Gulkula ceremonial grounds, Sodexo will also maintain the guest facilities, the Knowledge Centre and ablution blocks for the duration of Garma.
Sodexo believes improving quality of life contributes to the well-being of individuals and the overall
performance of organisations. The partnership with the Yothu Yindi Foundation forms part of Sodexo’s commitment to improve quality of life for its employees, clients and local Indigenous communities.
Nick O’Callaghan, Country President Sodexo Australia, says: “Sodexo has been a proud partner of the Yothu Yindi Foundation and Garma Festival since 2004. Our team is focused on quality of life and our partnership with Yothu Yindi Foundation and support to Garma event is just one way we demonstrate our commitment to that. We very much appreciate the opportunity to provide operational excellence in the products and services we provide Garma’s guests and participants.”
Garma is Australia’s largest Indigenous cultural exchange event, helping to promote greater understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. It also fosters an environment that facilitates the preservation of traditional Yolngu dance, song, art and ceremony.
About Yothu Yindi Foundation:
The Yothu Yindi Foundation was founded in 1990 to encourage cultural development with five regional clans; the Gumatj, Rirratjingu, Djapu, Galpu and Wangurri. The leadership and innovative program development of the Foundation are considered significantly positive forces supporting Indigenous cultural maintenance, not only in northeast Arnhem Land, but throughout Australia and internationally.
To learn more about the Yothu Yindi Foundation and Garma Festival, please visit www.yyf.com.au