On Friday the 10th of November the Adelaide wing of Yalari hosted their Fundraising Dinner, with several members of the Hames Sharley team in attendance. Yalari is a not-for-profit organisation providing Indigenous students from rural communities across Australia with scholarships at leading secondary education boarding schools.
In Australia today, figures show that 1 in 10 Aboriginal children will complete Year 12, and just 3 in 100 Aboriginal students will finish a university degree.
These are the startling facts that gripped founder Waverley Stanley, an Indigenous Educationalist who himself received opportunity for a scholarship which he believes shaped his success today.
At present, Yalari has a total of 167 students on their scholarship program, with 275 alumni who have gone on to study at university, work or undertake further training.
Yalari believe that it takes a whole community to educate a child. Their aim; to create a generational change and a brighter future for Indigenous Australians.
The outcomes achieved by Yalari have been understood to provide positive impacts not only for the students themselves, but for the future of their families and their communities also.
Hames Sharley support the righteous work that Yalari undertake in enabling Indigenous communities to flourish.
At the fundraising event, the organisation were able to raise an impressive $110,000, funds that will go towards bettering the education of Indigenous students across the country.
Hames Sharley Director, Darren Bilsborough says, “It’s a great cause, enabling Indigenous children access to high-quality education that is unfortunately otherwise impossible to acquire in remote Australian communities. I’m glad we can provide some support.”
More information on Yalari, and how the organisation was founded can be viewed here.