WHAT IS THE MAI WIRU SUGAR CHALLENGE FOUNDATION ?

The Mai Wiru Foundation was founded to raise the funds to allow the mission started by Mai Wiru to continue. The Foundation will work with the community (through John) to remove as much sugar from the stores as is possible and it will, most importantly, collaborate with the people of the APY lands to take control of their own health. At the same time, the Foundation will measure what works and what doesn’t and learn from the experience with the aim of taking its campaign to other communities that may also be consuming too much sugar (both white and Aboriginal).

JOHN TREGENZA IN THAT SUGAR FILM

In "That Sugar Film", John tells Damon that when he came to the area in the 1970s just 10 per cent of the food was purchased in the community store yet now, it is ‘almost 100 per cent’. John and his team joined with a local health council and decided the stores needed an overhaul. Health and not profit needed to be the priority. They created and implemented the Mai Wiru (Good Food) policy and began to make big changes to the seven stores on the APY lands. They removed deep-fryers, provided free cold water fountains and made engaging music videos about healthy foods to get the kids on board. They also brought in nutritionists who showed the local people how many teaspoons of sugar they were consuming in products.

Read more about John Tregenza

Damon Gameu talks to John Tregenza about Amata in "That Sugar Film"

MAI WIRU SUGAR CHALLENGE FOUNDATION DIRECTORS

DAMON GAMEAU

Writer, Producer and Director of That Sugar Film
and author of That Sugar Book
damon@maiwirufoundation.org

Julie Buxton LLB BCom MPubIntLaw

The Mai Wiru Sugar Challenge Foundation would like to acknowledge

The Mai Wiru Sugar Challenge Foundation Limited
ABN 58 600 454 699