Yalari News - March 2020

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Educating Indigenous Children


Dreaming, believing inspiring and achieving



ISSUE NO. 45 | March 2020



Founding Director Waverley Stanley AM

Waverley Stanley AM and Year 10 Toowoomba Grammar School student, Jermaine Harrison

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” - Martin Luther King Jr. Yalari – Established 2005 What an incredibly busy and productive start to the year. So far, we have successfully held our annual camps for Year 7 and 8 (Orientation Camp), Year 10 (Pay-it-Forward), Year 11 (Tertiary guidance and Pay-it-Forward) and Year 12 (Pathways Workshop). In a few short months we have managed to reconnect with our students, settle our new scholars into their respective schools, nominate and award our Yalari Captains for 2020, and welcome more families, sponsors, supporters, staff and volunteers to our Yalari community.

As we approach the date of Yalari’s 15th birthday, we find ourselves in extremely difficult times. The whole world does. 2020 will go down in history as a year like no other.

Our Student Support Officers will take the opportunity to engage with our students like they never have before; and we will work closely with our families and schools in new and inventive ways. Fundraising will be more innovative and focused; business will be conducted in a conservative and considered way.

During times like this, I’m reminded again of Martin Luther King Jr.’s words, ‘the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy’.

But despite the many challenges we will undoubtedly face, we are determined to hold our vision firm and true – to educate and empower Indigenous children from regional, rural and remote communities throughout Australia.

Here at Yalari, our children are home, ready to bravely embark on remote learning with excitement and curiosity.

This too shall pass. Let’s be compassionate and generous with each other.


Educating Indigenous Children

Yalari acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of this land. We recognise the culture, history, diversity and deep connection to land, waters and territorial seas of Australia.

Yalari is a not-for-profit organisation that offers quality, secondary education scholarships at leading Australian boarding schools for Indigenous children from regional, rural and remote communities.

We pay our respects to the Elders, past and present and acknowledge the Yalari office is on Kombumerri country within the lands of the Yugambeh language group of the wider area. We also acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work Australia-wide, and recognise their culture, heritage and beliefs.

Our mission is to educate and empower Indigenous children from regional, rural and remote communities to bring about generational change.

Yalari Limited | PO BOX 1355, Oxenford QLD 4210 | Ph: 07 5665 8688 | F: 07 5665 8611 | E: info@yalari.org ABN: 66 113 794 148 ACN: 113 794 148 | Yalari is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. Copyright © 2020 Yalari Limited. All rights reserved. The information contained in this newsletter is for general information purposes only. The opinions and interpretations expressed within are those of the author only and may not reflect those of other identified parties. Every effort is made to ensure that information is accurate at time of printing.


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Cover Image: Olivia Holtz Year 7, Abbotsleigh

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IMPORTANT NOTICE About Yalari Events

Welcome Abelee! “When I finished school, I was looking for the opportunity to learn new skills and gain some work experience – now here I am as a Yalari intern! I am so excited to be part of Yalari and working here.” Abelee Stanley is a proud Birri Gubba and Barunggam young woman from Murgon in Queensland and graduated from The Glennie School in 2019.

In light of the current situation regarding the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), we’ve postponed all of our Yalari anniversary dinners which were due to be held as follows:

Welcome aboard! We look forward to working with you too Abby!

Adelaide – 8 May 2020 Sydney – 22 May 2020 Brisbane – 24 July 2020 Melbourne – 20 August 2020

Paying It Forward

The good news is however, we have successfully secured new dates for later in 2020!

A huge thank you to our wonderful alumni who dedicate their time and experience to support our Yalari scholars through their boarding school journey.

The new dates are: Brisbane – 14 October 2020 Adelaide – 29th October 2020 Melbourne – 12th November 2020 Sydney – 20th November 2020

This group worked and volunteered their time at our recent Orientation Camp on the Gold Coast.

It is unfortunate that we won’t be seeing you as planned but rest assured, we look forward to welcoming you to one of our rescheduled events later in the year! If you have already purchased a ticket to one of our postponed events, we will contact you shortly. Thank you for your understanding and support during these extraordinary times.

Thank you, Rork Projects... Congratulations to Rork Projects on the official launch of the Wa Initiative. This is an initiative to enact positive future change through the education and empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Yalari was selected as the beneficiary of $20,000 for Indigenous education.


#yalari #generationalchange #indigenous #educatingindigenouschildren Did you know that Yalari is on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter? Follow us and keep up-to-date on what’s happening around the Yalari community.




If you would like to submit a story, provide feedback, share some photos or have any questions regarding our publication, please contact Alison MacKenzie - comms@yalari.org. Yalari News - March 2020


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Well done girls! Methodist Ladies’ College Perth students and Yalari scholars Harmony, Leilani and Tarneisha, represented Claremont in the Kirby Bentley Cup at UWA. Congratulations to the girls on some great games and an awesome showcase of their AFL skills. They were also lucky enough to meet some Freemantle Australian Football League Women’s players!

Student Achievements

Yalari scholars continue to work hard, dream big... and achieve!

Year 11 Scotch College Adelaide student, Cheree Whymann has been appointed Boarding Wellbeing Captain.

Year 9 Geelong Grammar School student Yarron See, has been appointed House Captain of Barrabool House.

Keenan Kennedy, Year 9 at Scotch College Adelaide, has been selected to trial for the South Australian Indigenous State AFL team.

Kye Boland, Year 9 at Anglican Church Grammar School was awarded a GPA Improvement Award.

Leila Bellotti, Year 9 Methodist Ladies’ College, Perth was appointed Year 9 House Representative.

Congratulations Flick & Hei Hei! Year 10 Scots PGC Warwick student, Felicity Hodges recently participated in her first show jumping competition at the Pittsworth Showgrounds. It was Felicity’s (and her horse Hei Hei’s) first show jumping event. There were three events over the weekend and Felicity came overall 4th position.

Year 7 student at The Glennie School, Floreska Unicomb received student of the week. She was recognised during a fundraiser in which she went above and beyond to help others.


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Year 9 Abbotsleigh student, Olivia Oakshott, was selected for the Combined Independant Schools Hockey Competition.

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skwirking hard! School Work From Home Students are now safely at home and will continue their studies via distance learning. We asked them to send us their most interesting and imaginative SKWIRKING pics!

I received the Herbert Smith Freehills Leadership Award at the Yalari Brisbane dinner which made me feel really proud of how far I have come. I wouldn’t be in this position today if it wasn’t for Yalari and my sponsors. I honestly cannot thank you all enough for this opportunity and experience. Thank you. - Nadia, Yalari scholarship recipient

Yalari Scholarships for Indigenous Children Yalari is looking for students and families who believe that education is the key to providing a better future for Indigenous people in Australia. Boarding school scholarship applications are open to Indigenous children who live in regional, rural or remote areas of Australia and who will be starting Year 7 in 2021. Our scholarships are awarded to students who are willing to give 100%, try hard at everything they do, don’t give up when things get hard and are brave and determined enough to succeed at boarding school. Scholarship information including the application pack (for scholarships commencing in 2021) are available at www. yalari.org. Applications close Thursday 30 April 2020.

Not sure what to do or have some questions? Please call Kylie Bennett on (07) 5665 8688 and she will be happy to guide you through the application process.

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Yalari Partner Schools

They hand on the torch of life Sydney Church of England Grammar School SHORE Sharing a passion for education, motivation and support for Indigenous students has allowed a strong partnership between Yalari and Shore to be formed. Sydney Church of England Grammar School, customarily known as Shore is an independent, Anglican day and boarding school for boys with campuses at North Sydney and Northbridge in New South Wales. Starting in 2015 with two students on a Yalari scholarship, the partnership has gone from strength to strength. Shore is now home to seven Yalari scholars, with the first Hunter Lawson, graduating from Year 12 this year. The collaboration aims to foster long-term educational outcomes while nurturing and strengthening ties to Indigenous community and culture.

Current Yalari Scholars

New students in 2020

Partnership formed

Yalari staff and students look forward to another enriching, rewarding and successful year as part of the Shore community.

Educating Indigenous Children


Working together since 2015 to educate and empower Indigenous children


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- Braydon Mundy, Year 11 On the 13th of February, a flag-raising ceremony took place at Shore. Three new flagpoles were put in near the school entrance and for the first time, both the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island flags were raised side by side with the Australian flag. The ceremony was conducted with a sense of community as it took place at an assembly in front of the whole school, both students and staff. It began with an Acknowledgment of Country in which the school paid homage to the traditional owners of the land, the Cammeraygal People of the Eora Nation. The flags were then raised by Yalari students, Jye Peters and Rishad CookSabatino in front of the school. The flags being raised side by side with the Australian flag created a sense of unity. The Indigenous kids within the school were now recognised. It raised awareness of the Indigenous population among the Shore boys and acknowledged our presence in the school community. The school has been working very hard in order to make the Indigenous boys at the school feel included as a part of the community and culture. The flag ceremony was a huge step forward in order to create this feeling of inclusion and recognition of the Indigenous population.

Left to right: Rishard Cook-Sabatino, Dr Timothy Petterson (Headmaster), Jonah Edlington (Head Prefect) and Jye Peters

Yalari Support and Development

Year 10

Jacob’s Well Environmental Centre, Gold Coast



student support and development camps Every year, we gather together Yalari students from each year group and provide an opportunity for them to further their understanding, awareness and preparedness for a positive boarding school and post-school experience. It also allows them to strengthen their support networks with their peers and with Yalari support staff. Camps are a compulsory part of the scholarship program. During February, we held the Year 10 and Year 11 student support and development camps. This year’s focus for both groups was the concept of paying-it-forward and raising funds to facilitate a Yalari scholarship for a fellow Indigenous student. The Pay-It-Forward initiative has been running for seven years at Yalari and provides a meaningful way for students to look beyond themselves and give something back. The weekend-long camps also looked at general wellbeing, career pathways, team building and leadership activities.

Year 11

The University of Melbourne

thank you Funded by The Cody Foundation The Yalari Year 10 camp was proudly funded by The Cody Foundation. Our sincere thanks and gratitude for supporting our students in their learning and development, for four years running.



thank you Thank you to Queen’s College at the University of Melbourne for hosting this event. We also thank the corporate delegates of the round-table careers session for sharing their knowledge, experience and advice with our students.

Gifts aren’t to be paid back, they’re to be paid forward” Yalari News - March 2020


Student Support and Development

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2020 Yalari Captain’s Camp

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Yalari alumnus Isaac Burgoyne with Michael Cedar, Riley Wondergem and Xavier Stanley

Every year Yalari selects senior level students who exemplify our core values of compassion, openness, resilience, respect, inclusiveness and excellence to be Yalari Captains. To enhance the leadership development and opportunities for these students we hold the Yalari Captain’s Camp. This year, we also invited several members of the Yalari alumni for additional support and advice. Captains are chosen because we feel they will be positive role models for new Yalari students, current peers as well as leaders within their school communities. Through the two-day leadership camp, Yalari captains focused on improving skills and confidence in areas including communication, leadership development and organisation.

thanks steve! Many thanks to Steve Harris, who ran this camp. This was his last job as our Pathways Manager before returning to teaching this year. Thank you and good luck Steve!


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Yalari captains received training to lead the incoming Year 7 and returning year 8 Yalari scholarship students during our Orientation Camp in January. Each captain had a specific role in leading groups of new students, helping plan and run activities, and being a good role model for commencing students. From experience, we understand the support and guidance our captains

congratulations captains! It is with great pleasure that we announce the Yalari Captains for 2020. Fifteen Yalari scholars from years 11 and 12 have been chosen for the role based on qualities such as responsible behaviour, leadership, involvement with their school communities and acting as a role model for other students. A Yalari Captain is expected to act as a mentor to other Yalari students and as an ambassador for Yalari, all the while demonstrating the Yalari values of compassion, openness, respect, resilience, inclusiveness and excellence.

2020 Yalari Captain, Mibulgurrdoo Yanner Year 11 student at St Hilda’s School.

“The overall goal of the Captains Camp is to coach our senior leaders and alumni to be reliable and responsible mentors at our Orientation Camp and to give them the tools necessary for them to do this successfully,” said Michael Cedar, Yalari Student Engagement Coordinator. “It was a fantastic camp and all who attended participated with a willingness to learn how they can be the best leader they can be and to be a vital team member of the Yalari team for the Orientation Camp.” Yalari Captain’s Camp staff Steve Harris and Michael Cedar are extremely proud of the Yalari captain’s for their efforts during the camp, but more importantly the great work they all did during Orientation Camp. The confidence they developed individually and as a group grew every day. They made a significant impact on the lives of our incoming scholarship students allowing them to begin their boarding school experience feeling safe and supported.

Brooke Brown Year 11 - Abbotsleigh Chelsea Edwards Year 11 - Kinross Wolaroi School Cheyanne Baker Year 12 - Scotch College, Adelaide Imani Austin Year 12 - Scotch College, Adelaide Kiara Sutton Year 12 - Kambala Mareeya Pigram Year 11 - Methodist Ladies College Mariah Lennard Year 11 - Great Southern Grammar

Congratulations to all our captains! We wish you the very best in your new leadership roles.

Matao Bonney Year 11 - Churchie

Aaliyah Blackaby Year 11 - Geelong Grammar School

Ricky Crawshaw-Tomlins Year 12 - Riverview

Anna Dingley Year 11 - The Glennie School

provide to our Year 7 and 8 students helps them to be more successful at boarding school.

Braydon Mundy Year 11 - Shore

Beau Kendall Year 11 - Scots PGC Warwick

Mibulgurrdoo Yanner Year 11 - St Hilda’s School

Shauwna Dhagapan Year 11 - John Paul College Sopheena Toovey Year 12 - St Margaret’s

United by shared values The development and education of Australia’s young Indigenous population is the focus of Envato Foundation, the charitable initiative of one of the country’s largest tech companies. Envato Foundation was launched in early 2019 with the aim of supporting and partnering with charitable organisations that focus on opportunity creation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Yalari was selected as one of two inaugural charity partners and have since been supported across a variety of initiatives. Envato Foundation currently sponsor two Year 8 Yalari scholars and fund the Yalari Captain’s Camp. Llew Mullins, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Yalari is excited to be working in partnership with

such an incredible and innovative organisation. “Yalari’s core business is to empower Indigenous children from regional, rural and remote areas of Australia through our secondary, educational scholarship and support programs. Our mission is to bring about generational change for these students, their families and their communities. Working together towards this common goal will certainly go a long way to bring about this positive change and allow these children to dream big and achieve. To have an organisation like Envato work with us in partnership for the education and empowerment of Indigenous children is imperative for the maturity of our country as we move towards a more just and equitable society.”

A sincere thank you to the Envato Foundation for sponsoring the Yalari Captain’s Camp and giving these young students the opportunity to flourish.

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Student Support and Development

Yalari Pathways Empowering future leaders

Year 12 Pathways Workshop In mid-March, Yalari partners Herbert Smith Freehills hosted a workshop for our Year 12 students at their Brisbane Office. The workshop was designed to assist students in identifying, assessing and developing their post-school plans and encourage them to consider a range of career and study options. Students were able to experience a corporate working environment and simulated interview, and were coached in everything from resume writing and interviews to preparing for employment and financial responsibility. The post-workshop survey revealed that students felt more comfortable and confident about their plans moving forward, having attended. Thank you to the wonderful team at Herbert Smith Freehills who so willingly donate their time and expertise to help our students transition from school to study and employment.


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Yalari Partners, Donors and Sponsors

Changing lives now and in the future. Yalari supporter, Diane Roy, explains her motivation to contribute to Yalari through her Will. Unlike a general donation, endowed gifts and bequests perpetuate our donor’s own values, beliefs and priorities. It allows the contribution to serve as a permanent tribute, positively impacting future generations. “There are two main reasons why I decided to leave a gift to Yalari in my Will.

Diane Roy - Yalari Supporter

After my belief in this planet, and especially this beautiful continent that is my home, is my belief in education. I believe educating children is the key to change. Mary Boydell Endowment Fund Giving today for a stronger tomorrow Create your personal legacy... Like all gifts that benefit Yalari, endowed gifts contribute to the ongoing high quality of educational opportunities and support for Indigenous children. Endowments are particularly powerful because they deliver a dependable, perpetual source of funding. Your gift to Yalari’s Mary Boydell Endowment Fund (MBEF) is an investment in the future of Yalari—one that fulfills our shared vision of educating and empowering Indigenous children now and for many years to come.

Benefits of contributing: • A unique opportunity to • Invitations to special create your legacy events • Tax-effective • Your chance to do something extraordinary • Naming opportunities • Donor acknowledgement

When I was a kid in the 50s, we used to go camping back of Jackadgery. The memories of that paradise, with clean water and virgin forest have never left me. I am a white woman in my 70s and in my lifetime, I have been saddened by the exploitation and abuse of this amazing continent in so many places. I have come to understand that the first people in this land respected and loved this continent in all its variety and its elders know how to value and sustain it, and have passed that knowledge on. That is my first reason. My second reason has to do with a small gesture, in the scheme of things, to acknowledge a theft of land, power and humanity in Australia’s history. My ancestors fled religious persecution in France in the 19th century and eventually settled in South Australia. That ‘Europeanness’ was enough for me to have inherited the power to progress in modern Australia; I have been able to go to university, own a house and travel the world several times. I have had a privileged existence compared to many thousands of Aboriginal people whose power to make choices like that was systematically taken away. So, giving something back seems the least I could do. My choice of Yalari for my bequest was the result of a generoushearted Aboriginal man who steered me to the organisation. He saw beneath the ‘white-fella’ ways that are inevitably part of me, recognising my intention to do something to contribute in a way that would work. After my belief in this planet, and especially this beautiful continent that is my home, is my belief in education. I believe educating children is the key to change. Given Yalari’s proven record in empowering Aboriginal children, it was a natural choice to leave what resources I have in their hands when I am no longer here.”

For a confidential discussion about how you can transform the lives of Indigenous children, please call Lou Wilson - Endowment Fund Executive. 0414 471 362 endowment@yalari.org


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Yalari Alumni


TOWARDS WISDOM Walking Towards Wisdom is a 3-day Leadership and Personal Development workshop for Yalari alumni.

Yalari’s first annual Walking Towards Wisdom workshop was held late last year at the Tamborine Mountain Conference Centre. Seventeen members of the Yalari alumni came together to learn how they can be effective influencers of change and succeed in adult life. The workshop forms part of Yalari’s overall commitment to creating leadership development opportunities for Yalari graduates and alumni. Walking Towards Wisdom provides heart and head learning opportunities for self-reflection and personal growth. It is a holistic leadership-equipping program designed to complement personal life skills and leadership preparation for the future. The valuable outcomes from Yalari’s leadership program will support, develop and transform the next generation of Indigenous leaders in Australia.

“Wisdom is the power to put our time and our knowledge to the proper use.” - Thomas J Watson

Jordan Ellis I was motivated to attend the workshop because I wanted to connect and share experiences with Yalari alumni I had never met before. I also want to be part of the next phase of Yalari, to make a change in the future — good generational change for our people and our culture. Jordie is a member of the Yalari alumni having graduated from Marist College, Ashgrove in 2010. Jordie now works as a Research Project Officer at the CSIRO.


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Engineering Ambition Brandon Skeen Apprentice Engineer

Scotch College, Adelaide graduate and Yalari alumnus (2013) is currently undertaking a six year engineering apprenticeship at Babcock. Babcock, a leading provider of critical, complex engineering services, has been supporters of Yalari since 2014 and have sponsored four Yalari scholarships during that time. “To me, Yalari means education but it also provides you with contacts throughout life,” says Brandon. “If it weren’t for the Yalari program, I wouldn’t have discovered Babcock and the careers they have to offer.” Thank you Backcock for your continuing support of Yalari students — from their boarding school journey, to post-school options and beyond.

International Model United Nations

QCE Award Winner A huge congratulations to Yalari Alumnus Lachlan Kamilaroi Toovey (Churchie, Class of 2019) on winning Highest Achievement by an Aboriginal Student or Torres Strait Islander student at the Queensland Certificate of Education Achievement Awards! Lachlan says, ‘I am constantly inspired by the sacrifices of my family, especially my mum, to provide me with such great opportunities. ‘The support I received from my school and the Yalari team also played a pivotal role in making my high school journey such a success.’

Yalari alumna Jondayah Martin (pictured far right) was selected to travel to the US to represent Bond University at the International Model United Nations. After three long days of 12 hour negotiations Jondayah, received a Diplomacy Award for the representation of her country within her Committee. Her teammates from Bond University won all of the Diplomacy Awards they were eligible for, a first in WIMUN history. The team was also awarded Secretary General’s Award for Best Small Delegation. Congratulations to Jondayah and the Bond University team!

Good luck! 2019 Yalari graduates and Kambala old girls, Taleyah Hippi (left) and Monique Laurie have both commenced studying a Bachelor of Social Work at the University of News South.

Congratulations! Shuaib Rhodes-Swain, Yalari alumnus (Riverview, 2019) is currently studying a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at the University of New England. He has also become the CoPresident of the Indigenous student Association.

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Yalari Student Support & Development

Orientation Camp


13-17 JANUARY 2020



87 STUDENTS: YEAR 7 - 51 YEAR 8 - 44




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the camp of thinking and understanding

Now in its 14th year, the Yalari Orientation Camp forms an integral part of the overall student support program. New students are introduced to boarding school life throughout the five-day camp and are equipped with tools and strategies to help them succeed at boarding school.

Meet some of our Year 7s!



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My week at Camp Anna Dingley

Year 11 Yalari Scholar | The Glennie School

Being part of the Orientation Camp 2020 as a senior leader has positively impacted on me. It has also impacted on the young Indigenous children, in a way that is unexplainable.

thanks! Thank you to all our supporters, volunteers and staff for being there from the beginning, as our new students embark on their Yalari journey. We gratefully acknowledge and humbly thank our 2020 Yalari Orientation Camp sponsors. Without their invaluable contribution and support, we would be unable to provide this vital program to our Indigenous students. Thank you.


Being given the opportunity to take on a leadership role is an honour and on behalf of all the senior leaders, I can gladly say this experience has changed and moulded us into more mature role models. The experience has helped me develop a better understanding of how to be a purposeful leader, positive role model and how-to guide young adolescents in times of doubt while venturing on their boarding school journey. We had one goal for Orientation Camp: to make each and every young Indigenous scholar feel welcome and comfortable in their new surroundings. Our team of senior leaders definitely exceeded that goal! We can proudly use Yalari’s CORRIE values (compassion, openness, respect, resilience, inclusiveness and excellence) in a school or boarding environment, or back at home in our communities. These are values that you can apply to anything you do in everyday life. This, of course, would not be possible without the infinite help of our sponsors who have faith in each and every young Indigenous child attending boarding school. Also, to Waverley, Llew and the amazing Yalari team, thank you for these personal development opportunities.

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Educating Indigenous Children


Dreaming, believing inspiring and achieving

You made it happen.

Thank you for 15 wonderful years of Yalari.

www.yalari.org It takes a whole community to educate a child. MARCH20YALANEWS