Supporting Shooting Stars
This year marked the second year of our partnership with Shooting Stars, an initiative of Netball WA and Glass Jar, which uses netball as a vehicle to encourage greater engagement and school attendance by young Aboriginal women living in WA’s remote communities and regional towns.
Sandfire’s support funds the employment of a program co-ordinator based at the Meekatharra District High School (MDHS). At the close of the 2017 calendar year, Sandfire made the decision to increase and extend funding following an impressive first year. This additional support allowed Shooting Stars to employ a young Aboriginal woman from community providing a role model for the students in the program.
Through this partnership we have built relationships with Shooting Stars staff and the participants. This has allowed us to get involved in different activities including:
In December 2017, Shooting Stars celebrated the achievements of the participants at an awards night. This was an important moment to reflect on their dedication throughout the year and taking pride in how far they had come. We arranged a fundraiser to buy clothes and shoes for the awards night and our people travelled from Perth and DeGrussa to MDHS to lend a hand to do the girls’ hair and makeup.
In April 2018, Shooting Stars held a Midwest carnival at MDHS. Our people volunteered their time umpiring, keeping score and helping out to make the day run smoothly.
In June 2018, Shooting Stars and Sandfire Resources hosted a networking event in conjunction with Women in Mining WA. The theme of the event was the power of partnerships and we showcased the importance and benefits of working together to respond to community needs.
We have the opportunity to meet the young women in the program and to share their stories by getting involved. This gives them exposure to people from outside of community, to hear about different career journeys and to be confident talking to a wide range of people. We believe this is a sustainable partnership model and we look forward to working with Shooting Stars in the years to come and following the young women as they become future leaders.