Yalari News - Winter 2018

Page 1

Educating Indigenous Children


Issue 40 | Winter 2018


“W in te r Story Book”



Year 9 girls Outback Camp: (Left to right) Cheree Whymann Waverley Stanley, Chelsea Edwards and Aaliyah Blackaby

FOUNDING DIRECTOR Educating Indigenous Children


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. Our mission is to educate and empower Indigenous children from regional, rural and remote communities to bring about generational change. Our vision is to provide trusted, quality educational opportunities for Indigenous children to achieve positive outcomes for themselves and their families and make valuable contributions as Australians. Core Values: Respect, Compassion, Resilience, Openness, Inclusiveness.

www.yalari.org YALARI LIMITED PO BOX 1355 Oxenford QLD 4210 P: 07 5665 8688 F: 07 5665 8611 info@yalari.org www.yalari.org ABN: 66 113 794 148 ACN: 113 794 148 Yalari is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee.

Yalari respects our Elders, past and present, and acknowledges that the Yalari office is on Kombumerri country within the lands of the Yugambeh language group.

Winter time at Yalari means many things to me: Outback camps full of dust, lot of kilometres travelled, camp food, laughter, walks and the cultural heart of Australia – Uluru; crisscrossing Australia as we interview the students and families for next year’s scholarships; and the Yalari ‘dinner season’ which this year, will include Perth. Some extra exciting happenings in and around Yalari of late. My Toowoomba Grammar School mate Brad Horn, got to the top of Mount Everest and on the way, raised funds for Yalari. Thank you Brad for the many years of support and congratulations on a remarkable achievement; Celia Moriarty held her exhibition, ‘Keys to our Country’ at Deloitte in Melbourne during NAIDOC week also raising funds for Yalari. Thank you, Celia and Deloitte; and we

appointed three new board members: John Campbell, Eddie Watkin and Cameron Prout. Welcome and thank you for your support and commitment to Yalari’s future. Our champion children are still our focus. I hope their mid-year break back home was restful and fun and they managed to recharge for the last half of the year as it races by as fast as the first part. As I’ve just returned from driving over 4,000 kilometres into the heart of Australia, I’m humbled by the majesty of the country, feel honoured to be passing through the lands of other Indigenous people and their ancestors, draw strength from the solitude and peace, and feel grateful for the life I’m blessed to lead.

Mulhuma Wangga Mirlimirli “Winter Story Book” Yindjibarndi is one of the languages spoken at Roebourne, in north-western Western Australia. Its speakers originally came from the tableland area of the Pilbara, around the Fortescue River near Mount Pyrton, north to the Upper Yule River and east to Mungaroona Range. This includes what is now the MillstreamChinchester National Park, an area that contains many significant sites for Yindjibarndi people. Several hundred people still speak Yindjibarndi.

Cover Image: Back (L to R) - Aidan Scrutton (Scots College Sydney), Monique Laurie (Kambala), Mismam Kris (St Ignatius’ College, Riverview) Front - Carnett Churchill (Scots College Sydney), Russell Whap (St Ignatius’ College, Riverview)

Copyright © 2018 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.

2 | Yalari News - “Winter Story Book” 2018



The Yalari team congratulates our good friend, Brad Horn from Epic Private Journeys for his outstanding achievement in conquering Mount Everest. Brad has been a long-serving supporter of Yalari and this time, he fundraised for us in undertaking the challenge of Everest. Brad, you are a true champion!

The South African team with Indigenous performers

“I just wanted to thank Yalari for the opportunity Johanna had to participate in the recent Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. It was a great Johanna (right) with Ezera, South experience for her to African Team Manager work with international athletes from South Africa and represent her Torres Strait Australian identity. Johanna had the opportunity to extend her skills in public speaking, problem solving and time management as well as independent use of public transport.”

WELCOME ABOARD! We extend a very warm welcome to our newest members of the Yalari team, Kimberley Spencer (left) and Suzie Patrick.

- Matilda Loban (parent)

Kim is our Pathways Coordinator and will be working with Pathways Manager Steve Harris to help support Yalari students and graduates as they transition to higher education, vocational training and employment. This includes career guidance in Year 11 and 12, support accessing tertiary scholarships and post-school opportunities, and work experience and mentoring.

Congratulations to Heather Douglas and Richard Kelly who were married in late April. Heather has become a close friend over the years through her role at Herbert Smith Freehills and has also volunteered at Yalari events.

Suzie, a long time supporter and friend of Yalari, is working on special projects in the finance and business administration areas. Welcome to you both!


Congratulations to Yalari board member Karen Spiller OAM on her recent appointment as the new Chair of the Board of Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ).





Yalari Melbourne Dinner (Leonda By The Yarra)

th Yalari Year 12 Graduation

Heather and Richard kindly asked their guests for donations to Yalari in lieu of wedding gifts. Thank you for this generous gesture and we wish you every happiness for the future.


19 26

th Yalari Brisbane Dinner (BCEC)

th Inaugural Yalari Perth



th Yalari Adelaide Dinner (National Wine Centre of Australia)

Dinner (The University Club of WA) Yalari News - “Winter Story Book” 2018 | 3




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

WELL DONE MONIQUE! Congratulations to Yalari scholar and Year 11 Kambala student Monique Laurie who has been voted Head Boarder 2018/2019. Monique was inducted during an inauguration assembly on July 31. As head boarder she is on the student executive - the four top prefects in the school who make decisions and meet regularly with the principal. Following the assembly there was an afternoon tea where each of the new prefects said some words of appreciation to the outgoing ones.

Year 8 student Felicity Hodges proudly delivering Acknowledgement to Country during school assembly at Scots PGC Warwick.

Norah Hegedus, Year 10 student at St Hilda’s, completed her surf life saving bronze medallion. She also won the Rainbow Bay Youth Excellence Award for outstanding participation and contribution to junior life saving.

Year 9 student, Anna Dingley has been chosen to represent The Glennie School in the Touch Football team to tour New Zealand in 2019 with the School’s Sports Tour.

Year 7 St Hilda’s student, Sasha Currie placed first in high jump at school and districts athletics, and will be attending regionals in the coming weeks.

Year 11 St Ignatius’ College Riverview student, Ezekiel Billy recently participated in an immersion program through his school. He was part of a small group of students and staff who travelled to Borroloola in the Northern Territory and spent two weeks learning about the local culture. The trip took place during NAIDOC Week and the boys were invited to participate in the celebrations and learn traditional dances. 4 | Yalari News - “Winter Story Book” 2018

Year 9 Churchie student, Connor McGovern-Cubby received an academic recognition award for his GPA improvement.

Kevin Howard, Year 8 student at St Ignatius’ College Riverview, has been awarded a ‘Red Tie’, an honour given to students as recognition of special merit.

Year 11 St Ignatius’ College Riverview student, Shuaib Rhodes-Swain has been appointed as a proctor for 2018-19. Proctors are boarding prefects who are leaders in the boarding community and role models to other students.

Year 10 Kinross Wolaroi School student Jade Jolliffe was the recipient of the Herbert Smith Freehills Resilience Award at Yalari’s annual Sydney Dinner. Pictured with her Yalari Student Support Officer, Jessica Smith. Sarah-Cait Kirkland, Year 12 student at John Paul College, has achieved a Pro Diligentia Award. This award acknowledges students who have shown persistent application to learning and improvement, have been pro-active in maintaining a respectful learning environment and have always completed their coursework to the very best of their ability. Sarah has been commended by her teachers for outstanding commitment to academic success through her excellent demonstration of persistence, active involvement, reflection of learning, time management and striving for accuracy.

2019 SCHOLARS GET READY! Yalari’s 2019 scholarship applications closed on 30 April and we were delighted to receive a large number of applications from all over Australia. We are currently in the review and interview process and look forward to meeting our prospective new scholars.


We take this opportunity to thank all students and families who have applied.

Year 12 Great Southern Grammar (GSG) student Zainel Bin Busu took part in a GSG Cricket Tour to Dubai in the first week of the school holidays.

2018 represents Yalari’s 13th year of providing educational scholarships for Indigenous children from regional, rural and remote areas of Australia. Together we have empowered students with the opportunity to learn, dream and achieve through full boarding school scholarships.

He and his parents set up a ‘Go Fund Me’ site enabling him to raise the money to join the team of 12. In Dubai, they played four other schools, including one from the UK, and won them all!

This journey continues because of the inspirational and committed partners, donors, sponsors, supporters and volunteers who make up the Yalari family.

Zainel returned with such a positive response, having enjoyed the many and varied experiences.

The 2018 Yalari Perth Dinner will be held on Friday, 26 October 2018. This inaugural event will be a unique celebration of Yalari’s Indigenous students in Western Australia and an opportunity to showcase the important work Yalari does. Held at the delightful University Club of Western Australia, you will hear the personal journeys of our Yalari students and alumni while enjoying quality food, entertainment and good company. You will hear about the many positive outcomes created by the commitment and generosity of each member of the Yalari family. We also look forward to introducing the Yalari story to our new guests. Our generous volunteer Perth Dinner Committee has created a great evening and our hope is you will join us with your family, friends and colleagues. Tickets are now on sale and we look forward to welcoming you on the night as we celebrate the difference we are making together.

Tickets available online: www.yalari.org/tickets


#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 - “Winter Story Book” 2018 | 5


NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself.

NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities

We thank these remarkable, pioneering women who are empowering the next generation of Indigenous leaders.

YALARI ALUMNI Yalari alumni Jondy Martin (middle) and Rekisha Satour (right) embracing NAIDOC week celebrations at Bond University, with Narelle Urquhart from the Nyombil Indigenous Support Centre.

The NAIDOC theme for 2018 ‘Because of Her, We Can’, celebrates the invaluable contribution that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made—and continue to make—to our communities, our families, our rich history and to our nation.

Congratulations to Yalari alumna Chelsea Ryan (Class of 2016), awarded with the Top End Indigenous Youth of the Year Award for NAIDOC 2018!

FRIENDS AND PARTNERS: DLA PIPER Staff from DLA Piper in Brisbane and other law firms in the building hosted NAIDOC Week celebrations, inviting local Aboriginal dance group, Nunukul Yuggera and a local Torres Strait Islander dance group, Malu Kiai Mura Buai to perform traditional dances. Some of the firms provided nativeinspired bush tucker catering and we also had a keynote 6 | Yalari News - “Winter Story Book” 2018

speech from a young Indigenous woman who spoke about the Indigenous women who have inspired her - in line with the NAIDOC Week theme this year. A fundraising raffle was also run with the proceeds being donated to Yalari. It was a fantastic event and a great celebration of Indigenous culture!



As part of NAIDOC week celebrations, our friends at Deloitte Australia in Melbourne hosted the ‘Keys To Our Country’ art exhibition. The exhibition was a portrait collection of Indigenous Australians who bring their culture into their artwork and artist, Celia Moriarty, kindly donated profits from artwork sales to Yalari. Adrian Gardiner from Deloitte (right) with artist, Celia Moriarty

Our very own Waverley Stanley was one of the subjects of Celia’s thought provoking artwork. The purpose of the project is to create positive conversations about Aboriginal culture today. The portraits celebrate Indigenous Australians who are teaching us how to build a stronger future together.

ABBOTSLEIGH SCHOOL ASSEMBLY Abbotsleigh held a special assembly to celebrate NAIDOC Week so they did not miss the event due to school holidays. Presented by Year 12 Yalari scholars Kiara Davies and Alana Sharpley, they were joined by Mr Chris Tobin, a Darug man who works as a cultural presenter, public speaker and artist, and special guest speaker Mahlia Peachey, Yalari graduate of 2015, who spoke on the NAIDOC 2018 theme ‘Because of her, we can!’ Yalari scholars Kiara (left) and Alana

L to R: Chris Tobin, Head of Boarding Tori Rennie, Yalari Alumna Mahlia Peachey and Headmistress Megan Krimmer

The singing and dancing from the youngest learners in Abbotsleigh’s Early Learning Centre were sensational and the assembly closed with a dance by all the current Yalari scholars. Year 10 Yalari students, Georgia Dennison and Holly Austen coordinated fun activities including face painting, rock painting and the ever popular barbecue. Students and staff immersed themselves in the day by dressing in red, black and yellow mufti for a gold coin donation, and all funds raised went towards ‘Pay it Forward’, a Yalari fundraising initiative encouraging students to think creatively and work together, in order to collectively fund a scholarship for another Yalari scholar.



The Yalari office celebrated NAIDOC Week with staff, volunteers, friends and neighbours. Yalari alumna, Rekisha Satour did a great job explaining the importance of NAIDOC Week and highlighting the Indigenous women who have influenced her life as well as those who have contributed to Australian society as a whole.

Yalari News - “Winter Story Book” 2018 | 7




Educating Indigenous Children


Working together since 2007 to educate and empower Indigenous children

2018 CHURCHIE RUGBY LUNCH Every year, Anglican Church Grammar

the Great Hall of the Brisbane Convention

“Primary school in the Torres Strait was

School (Churchie) hosts a Rugby Lunch

and Exhibition Centre, Moi told his story,

very different. There wasn’t a dress code

in Brisbane, which is well attended by

from Badu Island in the Torres Strait to

so I never wore shoes to school. All the

over 1,000 guests from the Brisbane

being a boarding student at Churchie in

rugby games were away games, which



meant my team would try to squish into

Over the years, the event has featured

“Hello, my name is Moigida Loban, and I

guests from rugby’s hall of fame,

am in Year 8 at Churchie. I am from the

such as David Pocock and Eric Rush.

Torres Strait on a Yalari scholarship for

However, this year’s special guest was

six years of boarding school. I am a part

“Some of the things that really surprised

Moigida Loban, one of Churchie’s Yalari

of the Argun tribe, but I am connected by

me at Churchie was the uniform with

scholarship recipients.

blood to other Torres Strait tribes.”

dress shoes and the size of the school. I

Churchie has been a Yalari partner school

Moi spoke with passion about his

since 2007, with 11 Yalari scholars

home and family, and the challenge of

currently boarding.

transitioning from school in the Torres

Moi represented both Churchie and Yalari, a selected charity partner at the Rugby Lunch. To the large audience in 8 | Yalari News - “Winter Story Book” 2018

Strait to Churchie. There were some big changes, but after a few weeks of settling in and meeting everybody, he felt at home.

the school boat with extras in a dinghy to get to Thursday Island, which could take roughly 2 hours in choppy weather.”

didn’t really get homesick because I was always busy. The boarding staff got me involved in all the recreational activities, along with Saturday sport, so there was always stuff to do.” With his address, Moi helped raise

Abou t

Anglican Church Grammar School

Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie) is an independent school for day boys and boarders with about 1800 students from Reception to Year 12. There are approximately 530 boys in the Preparatory School and 1250 in Senior School. Boarding is an important part of the School’s life and over 170 boys from Years 7 to 12 are accommodated at Churchie.


As a member of the Great Public Schools (GPS) Association, Churchie participates in a range of academic, sporting and cultural competitions against other long-standing Brisbane schools. Churchie’s history and traditions spanning since 1912, provide the basis for exceptional educational programmes and personal development opportunities tailored to meet the needs of boys.

What are Yalari’s Churchie old boys up to now?

Yalari’s Other Churchie Scholars


Alumni Update Toby


Year 11


Year 9

Year 9

Connor Year 9


Arnold Murray Class of 2013

Year 10

Returned from working as a chef at Voyages Ayers Rock Resort.



Year 7


Year 7

Year 8

William Year 7

Lachlan Year 11

A huge thank you ... Thank you to Tim Wilson from Blue Sky for nominating Yalari as the charity partner of the 2018 Churchie Rugby Lunch and event organiser, Ian Greig from Churchie. As the selected charity, Yalari was presented with an astonishing $25,000 donation from monies raised at the event which included auction items donated by Alila Villas Uluwatu and Epic Private Journeys. Yalari humbly thanks everyone who contributed to this phenomenal fundraising effort!

Will Munro Class of 2012

Currently studying a Bachelor of Psychological Science at Griffith University Mt Gravatt. Will also works in hospitality at the Ibis Styles Hotel as part of Yalari/Accor partnership.

Jaidon Schafer Class of 2013 Working full-time as a qualified electrician.

Tyus Arndt Class of 2014

Food & Beverage Manager in Accor Hotels, Brisbane.

Ezekiel Stanley Class of 2014 awareness





“Yalari scholars have enthusiastically

supported the fundraising at the

lived every aspect and opportunity

event, and also displayed himself as

within Churchie’s programmes and

an exemplary representative for Yalari.

will, no doubt, go on to become leaders

Headmaster Dr Alan Campbell said, “Churchie is very pleased to partner

in both their own and wider Australian communities.”

with Yalari. Our Yalari scholars are


integral to the life of both the boarding


programme and the wider school

from, and sharing in, the diverse life

community. They have embraced

stories and origins of the young men

academic, sport, arts, music and

whom have come through our Yalari

service opportunities with relish.”

partnership,” Dr Campbell said.




Churchie from



Undertook a gap year at Geelong Grammar School’s Timbertop Campus and currently works with youth services in Murgon.

Brodie Lelievre Class of 2012

Currently studying a Bachelor of Paramedical Science while working in patient transport for the ambulance service.

Yalari News - “Winter Story Book” 2018 | 9



YALARI STUDENT SUPPORT 2018 OUTBACK CAMPS From ‘yarning’ around the campfire at night to experiencing the magnetism of Uluru, Yalari’s Year 9 (and some Year 10) students returned from the Yalari Outback Camps feeling connected, inspired and humbled. Held during the July school holidays, the six-night camping adventure from Alice Springs to Uluru offered students the opportunity to reconnect with culture and the land, forge new friendships, strengthen their support networks and reflect on the unique opportunities they are receiving.


It was such an am azing experienc e. Zoe and I are consta ntly reflecting ba ck on the unique experienc e we had and th e welcome we received. It wa s all so simple an d yet incredibly rich on so many levels. I value the learnings that Zo e received on th is trip - what an amazing “classro om”, great teach ers and truly remarkable stude nts. - Alex Dimos


Winner of the “M

other & Daughte r” Outback Camp the 2017 Yalari prize at Adelaide Dinner

lifetime experience and It was truly a once-in-abut I it some amazing sights not only did I get to vis and ng elli trav by e tur nal cul also learnt about Aborigi up. gro the h wit sharing stories -Anna France Director of Langports; Anna is the Managing of Yalari students. long-term supporters

camp facts 15

friends and

31 Year 9 girls

10 | Yalari News - “Winter Story Book” 2018



Year 9 & 10 boys


travelled by road

9th year

of outback camps

Yalari camps and activities offer students the chance to catch-up with each other, seek support or advice and undertake personal growth and development. They are an integral and important part of the Yalari student support program.

YEAR 12 PATHWAYS WORKSHOPS In late March Yalari partners, Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) conducted workshops in their corporate offices in Sydney and Brisbane for Yalari’s Year 12 students. The HSF staff, all of which have a legal background, volunteered their time to offer guidance and advice to the Yalari scholars. The workshops, which are designed to assist students with identifying, assessing and developing their post-school plans, encourage students to consider a range of career and study options. They are able to experience a corporate working environment and simulated interview, and are 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 after having attended. Thank you to the HSF team who so willingly volunteered their time and expertise to help our students in their transition.

Yalari News - “Winter Story Book” 2018 | 11



YALARI SYDNEY DINNER Thank you to those who joined us at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth for our annual Yalari Sydney Dinner on 22 June 2018. It was an unforgettable night celebrating the successes of our NSW and ACT students with our supporters. We continue to be grateful for, and humbled by, your generosity and belief as we work towards creating positive change for Indigenous children together.

“I wanted to write and thank you for the privilege of attending the Yalari fundraising dinner last Friday night in Sydney. As someone relatively new to a school with Yalari students, I was thoroughly impressed with such strong evidence of the impact you are having on the lives of young Australians. The host Mitch and the other young people on stage were testament to the difference you are making.


Yalari gratefully acknowledges the dedication of everyone who has contributed to our 2018 Sydney Dinner. Thank you to the volunteers, speakers and entertainers, the Sydney Dinner Committee, event partners, corporate tables, and those who generously donated prizes for our auctions and raffles. Corporate Tables: Ascender, Bennelong, Coface, Herbert Smith Freehills, Kambala, Lendlease, McGrath Nicol, Roden Family Foundation. 12 | Yalari News - “Winter Story Book” 2018

I was delighted to be there to support Tori at our school but also what is being done in terms of support for all the kids at a range of schools. Waverley’s call looking to the time we have indigenous CEOs was inspirational and full of hope. The dinner also helped me to understand, through the amazing Abbotsleigh student Alana, what the kids go through to leave home communities for boarding school, how they need people to understand them and the support Yalari provides them to assist in developing their own identities. It was an informative and encouraging night. Bless you in all you do and thanks for being able to be there with other principals and schools, all committed to best outcomes for kids. Keep up the great work.” - David Smith, Principal of Calrossy



NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK Yalari is proud to be part of National Volunteering Week (21–27 May 2018), an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers. Yalari volunteers form part of a staggering six million volunteers nationwide, all making an impact in their communities and on society, through generously giving their time. We are truly powered by our 231 active volunteers. Did you know that in 2017 they donated a mind-blowing 7,000 hours to Yalari? How lucky we are to have such wonderful people on-board.

As part of National Volunteer Week and to recognise the considerable impact of our volunteers, we are delighted to announce the Yalari National Volunteer State Award winners. These amazing people were voted for via a nomination process. Neil Joubert (Qld), Gillian Johnson (WA), Jordy Keipert (SA), Lucy Fortey (VIC), Denise Slocombe (NSW), and Taneale Lawton (Alumni Volunteer). Congratulations to all our winners!


Lucy Fortey

Neil Joubert

Lucy is part of the Melbourne Dinner Committee and the Melbourne taskforce. She spreads the word of Yalari to Indigenous people in country towns and to the development and construction industry. Lucy also helps out with the St Catherine’s School, Melbourne Yalari girls. Neil coordinates the Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) tutoring program at St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School, is a member of the Brisbane Dinner Committee and recruits HSF volunteers for Yalari’s Brisbane Fundraising Dinner. He has been volunteering for Yalari since 2016.

Taneale is the President of the Yalari Alumni Association. She has worked with the volunteer Alumni committee and other Yalari Alumni to further develop the Association. Taneale has been volunteering for 2 years. Taneale Lawton

Jordan Keipert

Gillian has spread the word about Yalari for many years in WA, helping with information sessions, supporting the Yalari scholars, meeting students for airport transfers and volunteering at Orientation Camp. Gillian Johnson


Denise Slocombe

Following Jordy’s employment as a Yalari Student Support Officer in Adelaide, she returned as a volunteer to tutor the boys at St Peter’s College, Adelaide. For the past three years, she has been ensuring they feel supported both academically and emotionally. Denise has contributed to Yalari by volunteering in two roles; volunteering on the Sydney Dinner Committee and participating in the Yalari Regional Advisory Council. She has been a wonderful advocate for Yalari for many years.

HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT ABOUT VOLUNTEERING? Volunteering at Yalari provides a meaningful way to make a difference. If you have ever considered volunteering and would like more information, please email our volunteer coordinator Pam Boavida at pboavida@yalari.org or call (07) 5665 8688. Yalari News - “Winter Story Book” 2018 | 13





A special thank you to our dear friends Melissa Fletcher, Terry Mitchell and their team at Fletcher International Exports for organising a fantastic fundraiser in the ‘Hoof & Hook’ competition and auction at the Dubbo Show in May. Despite freezing weather, they raised an incredible $7,400.


Waverley Stanley (back right), Janet Stewart (Vice Principal) and Lisa Thompson (Head of Alison Greene House) and the girls from Alison Green House

The wonderful students from Alison Greene House at Moreton Bay College raised $1909.10 for Yalari when they hosted a picnic party. They baked and sold soft drinks and ran the ever-popular ‘Lob a Chocolate’ and donut eating challenge. Thank you girls!

DELOITTE Storytelling & Illustration Workshop During the school holidays, Deloitte’s Sydney office facilitated a storytelling and illustration workshop for children of Deloitte employees. Yalari alumna, Hannah Ranby volunteered to speak to the children about Yalari and what it means to be Indigenous. As part of the activities they also hosted a ‘book and bake’ sale with proceeds being donated to Yalari.

Yalari Business Manager, Leanda Cooper (left) and Office Administrator, Danielle Young

Thank you to our long-term supporters, Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF), for the generous donation from their recent 2018 APAC Corporate Conference on the Gold Coast. The HSF Corporate team took part in a team building activity where Yalari was selected as the recipient. The proceeds raised at the event has allowed Yalari to install a new digital phone system at head office, equipment urgently needed for transitioning to the NBN.

CDPP employees continue fundraising initiative On July 24, the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) employees held their second National Pledge Day. This time, staff were invited to Pay it Forward by accompanying their donation with a message of inspiration or support for Yalari students. The response to the concept was very positive, raising $767 on the day and more than 70 staff contributed a handwritten, heartfelt message for the students. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this thoughtful initiative and those who wrote personal notes. 14 | Yalari News - “Winter Story Book” 2018

THANK YOU Thank you for contributing to the education and empowerment of young Indigenous Australians. To learn more about how to support Yalari, visit www.yalari.org. IN-KIND DONATIONS

Make a donation of goods or services in support of Yalari events or operations.

REGULAR GIVING Set up a regular giving arrangement which suits your situation.


Volunteering roles range from one-off events to long term commitments.


Make a one-off, tax-deductible donation to Yalari.


You can hold a fundraising event of your choice where the proceeds are donated to Yalari. Have fun with friends while helping a good cause.

SPONSORING A SCHOLARSHIP Supporting the Rosemary Bishop Indigenous Education Scholarship program awarding scholarships to Indigenous children for their secondary schooling at one of our partner schools.


Students are in need of text books, school uniforms, compulsory excursions and camps etc.

SPONSORING A STUDENT CAMP OR Yalari hosts several events throughout the year including student support camps, fundraising activities and corporate events. We highly value the commitment of each Yalari partner and customise sponsorships to be mutually beneficial. Sponsoring one of our events provides you with a unique and exciting opportunity to connect with the Yalari community, build brand awareness and show your support for an important cause.

WORKPLACE GIVING Arranged through your employer, your pre-tax donation will go towards empowering Indigenous children through education.

CONTRIBUTE TO YALARI’S ENDOWMENT FUND Be part of the long-term vision of Yalari by contributing to the Yalari Endowment Fund.


Back: (L to R) Ali Crawshaw-Tomlins (Riverview), Alana Sharpley (Abbotsleigh), Ryan Brown (Riverview) Front: Kiara Davies (Abbotsleigh), Kayla Baker (Kambala), Molly Trindall (PLC Armidale), Isabella O’Hara (Canberra Girls’ Grammar School)

Become part of a very special group of Yalari supporters who have chosen to leave a legacy to Yalari in their Will. Yalari News - “Winter Story Book” 2018 | 15

Educating Indigenous Children


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

You can help Indigenous children learn, dream and achieve! Join us at one of our upcoming fundraising dinners. Yalari Brisbane Dinner Friday 19 October 2018

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Yalari Perth Dinner Friday 26 October 2018

The University Club of Western Australia


Yalari Adelaide Dinner Friday 9 November 2018 National Wine Centre of Australia


Can’t join us? You can still help by making a donation in lieu of attending. www.yalari.org/donation