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Yalari Quarterly Newsletter

Issue 25

September 2014


Waverley Stanley Founding Director September is always an exciting, busy, growing, nerveracking and inspiring time of the year for all of us at Yalari. Firstly, the Yalari selection process is completed and the hopeful students and their families are travelling to our partnership schools for interviews and orientations. The welcome and care that school staff take with these students is comforting, knowing how nervous, anxious and excited the families are about the first step in the next stage of their children’s education. 39 new Yalari scholarships will be offered in 2015 throughout Australia. Secondly, we have presented two fundraising dinners, the Yalari Melbourne Dinner on the 21st August, and the Yalari Brisbane Dinner on the 11th September, both hugely successful in creating further awareness of Yalari and raising the generous and much needed funds to educate Indigenous children. These nights also allow the Yalari children in each state to gather together, MC the evenings, entertain us with their talent, and inspire us with their stories. The Yalari Adelaide Dinner is on the 18th October, and we are all busy preparing for the last fundraising event of the year at which we aim to secure the sponsorship for the remaining 16 Yalari scholars beginning their secondary education in 2015. Finally, Yalari has grown so big in our operations that we needed to move to a new office space which feels like Yalari as we gradually decorate the walls with photos, artwork, letters and awards; we enjoy our regular ‘feast days’ with staff and guests; and we settle into a place that will allow us to move into our tenth year of operations with confidence, optimism and clarity.

Samuel Jackson-Bolton, Year 10 at The Armidale School has been selected to attend Stanstead College in Quebec, Canada for 10 weeks as part of the Round Square International Student Exchange Program.

Tileah McGrady, Year 11 at Abbotsleigh in Sydney has been selected for the CIS Under 18’s Touch Football team and was elected as Vice House Captain for 2014-15.

Declan Harry, Year 7 at Geelong Grammar School has been selected to partake in the school’s successful John Landy Athletics Squad for track and field.

Jamika Kelly-Wirth, Year 8 at Presbyterian Ladie’s College Armidale has been awarded the highly-contested privilege of attending Strathcona Baptist Girls’ Grammar School in Melbourne on a student exchange.

Cover photo from top left, Makayla Clark, Kalieesha Cain, Tyesha Armstrong, Keely-Che Cain and from bottom left Chelsea Yam, Rachel Ponter, Brooke Fuller and Khiaecia Milgate on the Central Australian girls camp. Page 2


Yalari Newsroom Yes, we have moved! Throughout August and September Yalari staff, volunteers and friends have been packing up our old premises in Oxenford and unpacking into our new home across the highway at Siganto Drive, Helensvale. As an organisation Yalari is expanding and with the addition of new staff members in various departments, we are delighted to have found a new office to call home. Our telephone and PO Box details have remained the same, however you can now find our head office located at 5/62 Siganto Drive, Helensvale QLD 4212. Yalari would like to thank everyone who assisted with the move and set up of our new premises. Since our last Newsletter, Yalari has welcomed two new staff members. Anthea Edmunds is our Development Manager and Pam Boavida has been appointed our Volunteer Coordinator. We are also delighted to have our previous Volunteer Coordinator Lou Wilson take up the position of Development Coordinator. Both Anthea and Pam have relocated from Melbourne to join the Yalari team and we look forward to the positive growth in our organisation. Abbotsleigh hosted the annual Yalari Partnership Schools Workshop on 1-2 August. 18 of our 28 schools were represented by key staff who support the Indigenous students along with the Heads of Boarding, Deputy Heads and Heads of School/ Principals. We’re very grateful to Alan Parsons, Deputy Headmaster of The Southport School, Charlie Scudamore, Vice Principal of Geelong Grammar School, Rochelle Wiley, Head of Boarding at Abbotsleigh and Jonny Samengo, Executive Officer, Indigenous Programs at The Scots College for their individual sessions on how they are supporting Indigenous students at their respective schools. Key note speaker Rosemary Wright from the University of Melbourne gave an engaging presentation on how she worked with remote Indigenous students in the Northern Territory. Many thanks to Judith Poole, Headmistress, for hosting the workshop at Abbotsleigh, Rochelle Wiley for organising the workshops, and to and Deputy Headmistress Julie Reynolds for her welcome. An extra special thanks to the Yalari girls from Abbotsleigh who confidently and honestly spoke about their lives at boarding school to the delegates who were present.

Ashley Hudson Year 12, and Lara Briggs, Year 11 at Kinross Wolaroi School have exhibited works in the Kinross Wolaroi School Visual Arts, Textiles and Design Exhibition. Jazleen De Busch Year 11 at St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School has been working with the Queensland Theatre Company on a production. Taneale Lawton Year 12 at St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School has just filmed a short film for Tropfest - Australian Short Film Festival. Jordan Swan Year 11 student from The Southport School has his major art work from Semester One featured in the Energies Art Exhibition, Gold Coast.

Our students from St Hilda’s School on the Gold Coast enjoyed their time at our Yalari Brisbane Dinner on 11 September. From left Kelsey Sexton, Julia Malamoo, Jada Davui, Grace Stanley, Finlay Yeeda, Lenka Rivers and Kaite McAdam with their Student Support Officer Tawnee Riehl at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. For more photos from Yalari’s Melbourne and Brisbane Dinners, see pages 8, 9, 14 and 15.

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YALARI OUTBACK CAMPS 2014 In the June/July school holidays Yalari held its 9th and 10th Outback Camps for Year 9 students. The camps are held separately for boys and girls and are a chance for the students to reconnect with their year group, gain some cultural knowledge and experiences, and interact with people from remote Indigenous communities. They come away from the camp with a deeper understanding of the diversity of Aboriginal culture, the challenges many communities face and how fortunate they are themselves to be receiving their education and opportunities. Weary at the end of a long Term 2, the students travelled from their respective schools to Uluru, then piled into Troopcarriers and headed towards Yalari Year 9 girls with volunteers and Yalari staff.

Alice Springs the long way around. All were intrigued as to what was in store for them over the next seven days in the Red Centre. The shock on their faces when they learned they were sleeping in swags, without tents and sometimes without running water and toilets was priceless. Add to that the sound of dingoes howling nearby and it meant the fire was built up high and the swags were piled close together towards bedtime most nights. The girls collected witchetty’s with Walpiri Elders and the boys played AFL on a dirt oval against the local kids from Hermannsburg. They slept in the river bed of the oldest continually flowing river in the world, the Finke River. They crossed freezing creeks and walked through gorges that are hundreds of millions of years old. They found Dreamtime creatures in the night sky and they cooked and ate kangaroo tails the local way.

Jumping for joy - Jacqui Bainbridge from Medibank Community fund with the girls. All smiles at Uluru - Brooke Fuller, Shanelle Smith and Khiaecia Milgate.

THE 2014 YALARI OUTBACK CAMPS ARE PROUDLY SPONSORED BY

Arriving at Alice Springs airport seven days later, the students were exhausted, their clothes were filthy, they smelt of campfire, were covered in red dust and had blisters, cuts, grazes and splinters. Everyone was also supremely content. The camps were made possible by generous sponsorship from Yalari partner Medibank Community Fund. We were joined by two representatives from Medibank on the girls camp, as well as wonderful volunteers on both the girls and boys camps.

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Yarryn Lewington skins some ‘roo tails.

Zamahl Bin Busu and Chris Whap tuck into the ‘roo tails.

John Baxter plays a game of AFL with the local Hermannsburg boys.

Tye Bedford kicks off in the bush.

Yalari Year 9 boys

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Medibank investing in the future of education & better health Since 2011, the Medibank Community Fund has been a proud partner of Yalari by working together to Close the Gap through education, employment, health and partnership opportunities.

“We hope that through our partnership with Yalari, some of the students will be inspired to work towards a career in the health industry,” Jacqui said.

Medibank’s support for Yalari and Indigenous education is based on an understanding that education is a social determinant to improved health and wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their communities.

As well as supporting Yalari’s annual dinners, Medibank employees have had the opportunity to engage with Indigenous culture and history by joining Yalari students on the 2011 and 2013 Cherbourg Commemorative Walk.

Through the partnership with Yalari, Medibank is not only providing students with preventative health information to encourage healthy living practices among Yalari students and their families, but also investing in the future of better health. Jacqui Bainbridge, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at Medibank says the decision to support Yalari stems from a shared belief in the potential of education to generate positive change. “Our aim is to support programs that improve health and wellbeing opportunities for all Australians. Education has a big part to play in achieving this goal.” she said. Medibank hopes that future Yalari graduates might emerge from their educational journeys to take up prominent roles in the health sector.

Medibank are also proud sponsors of the 2014 Yalari Outback camps. The Year 9 students were joined by Medibank employees Jacqui Bainbridge and Sarah Styles, starting at Uluru, travelling through the West MacDonnell Ranges, out to the communities of Papunya and Hermannsburg, then through Watarrka (Kings Canyon), and finishing in Alice Springs. “The camp provided a great opportunity to spend more time with the students. Hearing them share their dreams, struggles and inspirations with each other highlighted the importance of bringing the students together during school breaks – something Yalari does so well.” Jacqui said. “Medibank is proud to continue supporting the education of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students through Yalari and looks forward to seeing the future leaders continue to be leaders in their community.”

“Our aim is to support programs that improve health and wellbeing opportunities for all Australians. Education has a big part to play in achieving this goal.”

Fundraising provides iPads Accenture have been long term corporate supporters of Yalari, and along with a number of corporates and individuals, have significantly supported Yalari with the Post School Pathways program. The Pathways program assists Yalari scholars to transition from secondary school through to tertiary and vocational education and onto full employment. The Pathways support comes under ‘Skills to Succeed’, Accenture’s corporate citizenship initiative, which has a goal to equip 700,000 people with the skills to get a job or build a business by 2015. In addition to Accenture’s post schools support, Yalari, were recent recipients of Accenture’s global ‘Adopt a charity’ campaign. Various fundraisers organised by Accenture staff in Brisbane have contributed to the purchase of iPads for our Yalari scholars. Accenture staff hosted bake sales, BBQ’s, and an Estée Lauder cosmetics Page 6

night – with all funds raised by staff gift matched by Accenture. Nicole Gothard from Accenture in Brisbane said her team were kept busy and were excited about their fundraiser activities. “The staff, plus wives, husbands - mums and dads - have spent much of their own time and effort in making it possible. It has been a pleasure raising money for Yalari and creating a little awareness along the way.” Nicole said. Accenture staff also generously give their time volunteering at the Yalari Dinners across the country, and as tutors to Yalari Scholars. Yalari would like to thank the team at Accenture for going above and beyond with their support of Yalari and Indigenous education.


PAY IT FORWARD UPDATE Finlay Yeeda and Kaite McAdam with ‘Bushtucker’ by artist Bonnie Deegan.

YALARI STUDENTS HAVE BEEN FUNDRAISING THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AS PART OF THE ‘PAY IT FORWARD’ INITIATIVE TO RAISE MONEY TOWARDS A YALARI SCHOLARSHIP.

Students from St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School in Brisbane combined fashion and food as part of their creative ideas for raising funds this year. Lolly bags were a big hit with roughly 200 bags sold to the students from their boarding house totalling $180. St Margaret’s Head of Boarding, Lesa Fowler kindly donated a pearl necklace for the girls to raffle at this year’s MAYO Festival. Selling over 150 tickets on the day, the girls raised $400. In addition to their fundraising efforts, they were given a kind donation of $200 from a family friend of one of our Yalari scholars.

Raelene Pearson, Monique Mallyer and Brianna Cameron at the MAYO Festival.

The Glennie School girls put pen to paper recently as part of their plans to raise money by designing beautiful line art greeting cards. Designs featured in the seven different cards showcase their creative talents and told stories about their culture, communities and families. Original drawings were duplicated on recycled paper and placed on recycled blank cards to sell. During the NAIDOC Week celebrations in July, the Glennie girls presented Yalari’s Scholarship Manager Llew Mullins with a cheque of their sales and, combined with the sales of cards from our Yalari office, students raised $1,900 towards the ‘Pay It Forward’ initiative. Year 11 students from St Hilda’s School on the Gold Coast sold raffle tickets for an artwork kindly donated by Yarliyil Arts Centre.

The Glennie Girls giving Yalari’s Scholarship Manager Llew Mullins the $1,800 cheque and below, some of the designs from their ‘Pay It Forward’ greeting cards.

‘Bush tucker’ (pictured left) by artist Bonnie Deegan, tells the story of different types of bush tucker in the artists country, Margaret River Station. They successfully raised $2,900 from their ticket sales. Page 7


Yalari students and Alumni were thrilled to have singer/songwriter Archie Roach attend the Melbourne Dinner in August.

YALARI MELBOURNE DINNER 2014

Students from Methodist Ladies’ College Melbourne performed a welcome to country with Murrundindi.

Students from Geelong Grammar School performing with Shane Howard.

Alesha Harrison, Year 8, St Catherine’s School, with her parents Jennifer and Justin who travelled from Bairnsdale to be at the dinner.

Yalari students with corporate supporters Medibank Community Fund.

CORPORATE SUPPORT

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Proud mother Cherie Holloway, with her children Jordan Holloway-Clark, Marley Holloway-Clark and Tyson Holloway-Clarke.

Year 12 graduates, Della Bedford, Jedd and Tiah Vocale from Geelong Grammar School and Indy Peters from Methodist Ladies’ College.

Yalari’s Founding Director Waverley Stanley with Year 12 Geelong Grammar students, Jedd Vocale and Tiah Vocale with Sandy Shaw from the Newsboys Foundation.

Vanessa Gabriel from Rosey Kids Foundation and Declan Harry from Geelong Grammar School.

Yalari students with corporate supporters Lend Lease.

Alan and Liz Hay with Koby Sellings from Geelong Grammar School.

Yalari would like to thank all the members of our Melbourne Dinner Committee.

Yalari dinner volunteers dedicated their time to work with our Yalari staff, dinner committee and event organisers at the Melbourne Dinner. Volunteers assisted with the live and silent auctions and selling raffle tickets.

EVENT PARTNERS

Student MCs Tex Garstone and Della Bedford with long time Yalari supporter and Melbourne Dinner Chair John Bolton. Page 9


CALROSSY INSPIRING STUDENTS FOR LIFE BEYOND SCHOOL Kayla Brown will be the fourth Yalari scholar to graduate Year 12 at Calrossy Anglican School in Tamworth, regional New South Wales. Currently there are 400 students attending the girls school and Kayla is one of five students on a Yalari scholarship at the school. Kayla is the first Indigenous School captain at Calrossy and is considered by staff and fellow students to be a kind, positive and inspirational student who has grown in her leadership ability. This year Kayla has managed to juggle her leadership responsibilities with her academic studies. With the support

of staff at Calrossy and Yalari, Kayla is working towards opportunities to study at either a Sydney or Melbourne university with a view to becoming a Primary School teacher. Past Yalari Calrossy graduates are Ebony Sadler-Small, who is studying at Unitech in Sydney with aspirations of becoming a pyrotechnic designer. Nadia Martich is in her third year of study at NAISDA Dance College in Gosford and has recently returned from dancing at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Emily Turk has returned from a Gap year in England and is now studying Science at the Southern Cross University in Lismore, northern New South Wales. Our Yalari scholars have worked hard with the school to ensure the positive examples set before them as Indigenous students continue for many years to come. Yalari students have a wonderful example to follow in leadership and in pursuing their dreams thanks to Kayla and the support she has received from the staff at Calrossy Anglican School.

Kayla pictured with Yalari’s Founding Director Waverley Stanley and Professor Mick Dodson AM at the Yalari Year 12 Graduation Ceremony in Canberra. Page 10


Education is at the forefront for Juanita and her family From Mer (Murray) Island in the Torres Strait, Yalari Alumni Juanita Whaleboat learned to value her education from a young age because of the opportunities that were not available for her parents to gain a quality education.

Growing up in Townsville north Queensland, Juanita attended Heatley State Primary School and watched on as her older sisters made their big step to move away from home. “My parents never had the opportunity for a good education, and so it was always at the forefront for them. My older sisters were in the Indigenous Youth Leadership Program (IYLP) and they got accepted to be on Yalari scholarships. When they would go away for camps and other things with Yalari, I was really excited that I was going to be a part of that.” she said. Juanita credits the support from Yalari, her teachers and other students for making it easy for her to be away from home.

about business and it got me more interested. I then came on the Year 11 camp with Yalari to look at the University of Queensland and I really loved it.

When I was younger I always wanted to be a doctor but science wasn’t really a strong point for me. I did accounting and economics in school and because I excelled in those two subjects, I was motivated by that. If there’s something that you are good at I think you should pursue it.” Juanita said. After graduating Year 12, Juanita says she was more confident about her future and decided to go straight into her university studies. “When I met with the Dean of Students Chloe Langbroek from Women’s, I felt sure that I didn’t want to take a break, I wanted to get straight into it and now I am in my second year of studying a Bachelor of Business Management. I think I will major in International Business, I’m not 100% sure where it will take me, but Yalari has always been good with providing opportunities. Maybe a cadetship or some parttime work at a firm, to get my foot in the door while I finish my studies.” she said.

“There were other students on Yalari at my school which made it easy. The teachers were really lovely and so the school ended up being a good place for my sisters and I. Being away from your family is never all that great, but at the end of the day you know that your family is always there for you and being with people who are in the same situation as you was a great support system too,” she said.

As Juanita looks to her final year of studies and on to the next chapter to pursue her dreams, she remains motivated by people who succeed despite being told they couldn’t make it.

In her final years at the Cathedral School in Townsville, Juanita was indecisive about her future but was given some timely advice in Year 11 from her careers advisor at school and was prompted to create her pathway following a Yalari Year 11 camp at the University of Queensland.

“For example, Barack Obama, the first black president. He is inspirational. It would be great to see our first Indigenous Prime Minister - hopefully it’s one of us Yalari kids! Seeing people achieve against the odds and prove everybody wrong, they are my motivation every day.”

“I had a lot of difficulty choosing what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted to do business but I didn’t know if I wanted to go to university or do a Tafe course. Our careers advisor told me about a careers expo, so I went to that and met a lady from Westpac who talked with me

Yalari, Juanita and her family are extremely grateful to Adjunct Professor Iyla Davies from The Women’s College for Juanita’s residential scholarship and the extra support from the staff at The Women’s College.

“I’m doing this for myself, to make my parents proud and I aspire to be a role model for Indigenous students with the same passions and dreams that I have.” Page 11


NAIDOC WEEK 2014

NAIDOC WEEK 2014 - ‘SERVING COUNTRY: CENTENARY AND BEYOND.’ Around the nation in their schools and local communities, our students celebrated NAIDOC Week in July by participating in various activities and events. Our Yalari head office also hosted one of our infamous ‘feast days’ with our staff, their families and our volunteers gathering together for lunch including some bush tucker.

Alesha Harrison, Year 8 at St Catherine’s School wrote and presented a speech at her school assembly during NAIDOC week celebrations on what identity means to her and helped raise the Aboriginal Flag at school with Amy Martin.

Jada Davui and Lenka Rivers from St Hilda’s School on the Gold Coast helped organise a NAIDOC event with their Head of Middle School, Susan Sanburg. Students participated in a weaving activity to showcase how different cultures can come together. The weavings created represented shared values and beliefs and were representative of the threads that connect all students together to create the fabric of the School.

Students from The Armidale School joined in the NAIDOC Bridge Walk with the local community and performed a traditional dance during the school NAIDOC assembly.

Photos: Top, Alesha Harrison at the flag raising ceremony with Year 12 boarder Amy Martin. Left Jada Davui and Lenka Rivers from St Hilda’s School participating in the weaving activity. Bottom left, the Yalari NAIDOC ‘feast day’ and below the boys from The Armidale School performing at their assembly.

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VOLUNTEERS, ‘ARE GO’! John Middleton has been volunteering with Yalari for 14 months working with our administration team assisting with data entry, cataloguing and processes.

Growing up in Willow Vale Queensland and graduating from Year 12 at Helensvale State High School, John began volunteering at Yalari to gain experience in the workforce and to understand how businesses operate. John also hopes that his time spent at Yalari will prepare him for future employment opportunities. Generally you will find John working in our office three days a week with our Business Manager, Bookkeepers and Volunteers Coordinator, however he says he enjoys spending time with all Yalari staff. “The thing I like about volunteering for Yalari is the kind approach from Yalari staff and their positive and energetic attitude. That kind of energy and positive attitude is always there.” John said. John’s passion for volunteering at Yalari stems from a view that all Australians are deserving of a good education. “It’s good for any person to explore the information given to them through education. After all, the concept of learning is not just simply getting the information, it’s also to explore it as well.” he said. Being born with Aspergus disorder, yet having attended mainstream schools, John appreciates the equal opportunities he has been given in his life. “I was always thankful to my parents that they didn’t let my disorder dictate how I was to live my life. I definitely have benefited from having the opportunity to go through life being amongst others - from making friends or facing the obstacle of how people view what my life should be. I feel I can identify with the plight and disparity of Aboriginal and

Torres Strait Islander Australians and I will always do the best I can to show them the respect and view that we are all equal Australians.” he said. John’s ultimate goal in life is to keep understanding things and see if there is some way he can help the world. “My favourite TV show is Thunderbirds because of the concept of helping people through perils.” he says. “I want to find a way I can help the world. I want to give something back and make sure that wherever I go, somehow the seed will grow, make something great and continue on.”

“I feel I can identify with the plight and disparity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and I will always do the best I can to show them the respect and view that we are all equal Australians.”

VOLUNTEERING BENEFITS ALL

Our volunteers come from a variety of sources including university students. Since 2013 Yalari has benefited from having 8 interns from the Griffith University Community Internship program.

The Community Internship program aims to create a culture of volunteerism and socially inclusive practise, whilst providing personal and professional development. Students are able to gain academic credit while participating in work experience and bringing a specific skill set to the organisation.

Jasmine worked with the management team and with Kailey Zabloski and Kirsty Faichen at Herbert Smith Freehills to complete the updated Privacy Policy which was approved by Yalari’s board of directors and is now available on our Yalari website. Yalari would like to thank Don Parbery, Shae Costello, Ben Walters, Luke O’Donnell, Lorena Moynahan, Ayaka Takata and Jasmine Banister for their invaluable contribution to our organisation.

In March 2014 important changes to the Privacy Act 1988 took affect and in order for Yalari to meet these changes we needed to update our Privacy Policy and review how we handled and managed information. Griffith University student Jasmine Banister took up the challenge to assist us. Jasmine is completing a double degree; a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Government, Politics and International Relations and she is planning to graduate at the end of 2014.

*To see if a Griffith University Service Learning student could benefit your community organisation (sites between the Gold Coast and Brisbane corridor), please contact: Ben Cameron or Emily Gavranich in the Griffith University Service Learning Partnerships Team on 07 3382 1761 or sl-partner@griffith.edu.au

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Graduating this year from left, Tyus Arndt and Ezekiel Stanley from Anglican Church Grammar School, Liam Longbottom and Logan Taylor from The Southport School, Julia Malamoo and Tarla Rapson from St Hilda’s School, Shaquille Close-Knight and Taneale Lawton from St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School and Kyle Smith from Toowoomba Grammar School.

YALARI BRISBANE DINNER 2014

Yalari Alumni from left, Brody Lelievre, Cori Summers, Mikayla Roe and Shauna Sandow.

From left, Tania Carlos from Arrow Energy with Yalari scholar Raylene Smith from The Glennie School and Arrow Energy CEO Andrew Faulkner.

Justin Griffiths and his daughter, Yalari scholar Keely from St Margaret’s School, with Chris Hartley from the Queensland Bulls signing the winning silent auction jersey. GOLD DINNER SPONSOR

From left, Matthew Ralph from Origin, Chris Whap from The Southport School, Finlay Yeeda from St Hilda’s School, Melanie Grills from Origin and Geoffrey Swan from The Southport School.

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EVENT PARTNERS


Student speaker Jabreeni Fogarty, Year 11 from The Southport School.

Student MCs for the evening were Taneale Lawton and Jondayah Martin from St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School.

Founding Director Waverley Stanley. From left to right, Issac Burgoyne, Kane Brunjes, Kyle Smith, Yarryn Lewington and front, Jacob Burgoyne from Toowoomba Grammar School.

Yalari’s team of Brisbane Dinner volunteers.

CORPORATE SUPPORT

Yalari Student Support Officer Barry Lee with students Jabreeni Fogarty, Buddy Stanley, Ratu Davui, Chris Whap, Logan Taylor, Liam Longbottom, Jordan Swan, Geofferey Swan and Keriba Bligh from The Southport School.

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YALARI’S VISION Yalari is committed to the empowerment, motivation and support of Indigenous children from regional, rural and remote communities throughout Australia. As a not-for-profit company, Yalari is dedicated to creating a national network of educational opportunities for Indigenous children. Founded in 2005, Yalari seeks funding from government, corporate and individual benefactors to support Indigenous children’s education. Yalari aims to provide programs which will bring about long-term generational change by giving Indigenous children the opportunity for a first-class education through full boarding scholarships at some of the highest achieving secondary schools in Australia. Yalari, from the Birri Gubba Indigenous Language group, means ‘child’. It is the name Waverley Stanley, as the Founding Director, has been given permission to use by the late Grandfather ‘Blokey’ Wilson.

Thank you to our Yalari students from St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School in Brisbane who performed as part of our Brisbane Dinner welcome. From left, Jazleen De Busch, Rachyl Cameron, Raelene Pearson, Monique Mallyer and Jadalyn De Busch.

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