The firm, together with the Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP), have formalised the two year alliance, with the firm providing pro-bono legal, marketing and library services to the IMP team.
The IMP is an expanding social change program that uses marathon running as a vehicle to promote the benefits of healthy living and lifestyle to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
In the annual event, a group of young Indigenous men and women are selected to run in the New York City Marathon with just 6 months of training. At the same time the runners also complete a Certificate IV in Health and Leisure.
Maddocks explains its interest in the indigenous program, saying it has a long history of pro bono work for organisations involved in homelessness, mental health and Indigenous affairs.
The firm said it’s committed to providing pro-bono legal and non-legal services to not-for-profit organisations, individuals, corporations, statutory authorities and community groups who have charitable, public interest and access-to-justice objectives.
Maddocks' CEO David Rennick said: "The IMP is a superb initiative that has already changed the lives of a number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women."
The pro-bono alliance will be managed out of Maddocks' new Canberra office, which is headed by Simonetta Astolfi.
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