The life expectancy of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders is 10-17 years less than other Australians. The Close the Gap Coalition by OXFAM Australia is an organisation that is working closely with local community groups and organizations, including UOW SHARP to change this.

UOW SHARP is hosting a Close the Gap BBQ Lunch on Thursday. All proceeds from the BBQ will be donated to The Purple House, an organization that aims to improve the lives of Indigineous people who have kidney disease by providing dialysis services and health education in remote communities of Central Australia.

Jennifer Evans, Junior Indigenous Health Representative for SHARP, says the fundraiser is going to a great cause.

“It’s so important that we are made aware of what is really happening in rural Aboriginal communities. This BBQ is a great way to raise money and discuss the bigger issues.”

The BBQ will be held outside building 41 and is a gold coin donation.