Our motivation and inspiration

Pauline E. McLeod was born in Delegate, Southern NSW. She was a member of the Stolen Generation and was removed from her natural family in 1962 aged 18 months. In 1986 she returned home and became an author, poet, master storyteller, cultural learning educator, director and performer.

Pauline E. McLeod Foundation

Pauline from Play School

Popularly known as Pauline from Play School, Pauline was one of the first Indigenous performers to appear regularly on a nation-wide television show in Australia. Throughout her lifetime Pauline presented her Cultural Learning stories at schools, working with children and youth from preschool to high school grades. She was also a guest lecturer in Aboriginal studies at TAFE colleges and universities throughout New South Wales and a storyteller at the Opera House, Australian Museum and the National Gallery in Canberra.

Mandura has a commitment to donate 20% of all profits to the Pauline E. McLeod Foundation.

Pauline E. McLeod Foundation

Dedicated to creating opportunities for the next generation

Roderick McLeod, Pauline’s brother, is the Founder of the Pauline E. McLeod Foundation. Under his leadership, the Foundation seeks to continue Pauline’s journey of building acceptance, understanding and healing with a focus on creating positive opportunities for the next generations.

The Foundation’s focus areas include First Nations mental health, entrepreneurship and education as well as positive employment opportunities for First Nations Australians.

Mandura and the Pauline E. McLeod Foundation are proud to be supporting the Westerman Jilya Institute for Indigenous Mental Health and the Clontarf Foundation.

Westerman Jilya Institute for Indigenous Mental Health

Dr Tracey Westerman launched the Westerman Jilya Institute for Indigenous Mental Health in October 2018 to address the significant gap between the needs of First Nations communities and access to clinical and culturally skilled psychologists. This innovative scholarship program provides eligible psychology students with $10,000 per year to help with study, living and transport costs, affording vital financial assistance at any stage of their undergraduate or postgraduate degree.

By eliminating the very real financial barrier for First Nations students to study, Dr Westerman’s scholarship program aims to facilitate the training of more First Nations psychologists skilled in Indigenous-specific mental health, suicide prevention and intervention programs, ultimately taking their experience back to the most disadvantaged, high-risk communities to facilitate real change.

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“According to Australian Government statistics, 1 in 5 First Nations Peoples are experiencing a mental health condition or depression. Tragically, the likelihood that First Nations Australians will die by suicide is six times greater than non-Indigenous Australians. It breaks our hearts that First Nations children are the highest risk group. 75% of child suicides between 2007 and 2011 were First Nations children. Our own Pauline, who inspires us every day, was also taken this way,” says Roderick McLeod, Founder, Pauline E. McLeod Foundation.

The Clontarf Foundation

The Clontarf Foundation exists to improve the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects of young First Nations men, and by doing so, equips them with the foundation to transition into meaningful employment and achieve better life outcomes.

Using the existing passion these boys have for sport allows Clontarf to encourage them to attend school, and then keep them coming. The Foundation partners with schools and communities to create Clontarf Academies which are embedded within the school grounds and education program. Full time Clontarf staff counsel and mentor students while the school caters for their education needs. Academy activities are planned within the focus areas of education, leadership, employment, wellbeing, life skills and sport.

The Clontarf Foundation commenced in 2000 with a single academy located at the Clontarf Aboriginal College in Waterford, WA. The program catered for 25 students. More than 20 years on, the Foundation operates 136 academies and supports more than 10,000 participants.

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“In 2018, the employment rate of First Nations Peoples was around 49%. The same figure for non-Indigenous Australians is around 75%. That’s a big difference! Employment is important for many reasons. It not only provides direct benefits to individual and families, is associated with better physical and mental health but also sets up future generations to succeed. It’s why Mandura is committed to a 40% First Nations employment target and has chosen to partner with the Clontarf Foundation,” explains Scott Allen, Mandura CEO.

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