Finalists aim to make their dreams real
The hunt for this year’s Pilbara Girl is almost over, with less than a month before one young indigenous woman is crowned the 2015 winner in Broome.
The Pilbara and Kimberley Girl program, run by Goolarri Media, includes a series of workshops to instigate positive change in the personal and professional capacity of young indigenous women.
Twelve participants, aged between 16 and 25, registered for the 2015 Pilbara Girl program from Karratha, Roebourne, Wickham, Port Hedland and South Hedland.
Ava Watkins, Terri Murphy, Angelina Sibosado, Teeanne Brown were selected last Friday to travel to Broome for the Pilbara and Kimberley Girl finals.
There, they will take part in an additional week of workshops and the final showcase.
Ava, 16, said her experience in the Pilbara Girl program had given her the confidence to pursue her dream of becoming a model.
“At the start of the week, I was quite shy and now I’ve learnt to be proud of myself,” she said.
“I am really prepared for Broome and after the finals I am hoping to complete a business traineeship.”
Program founder Kira Fong said the transformation of the girls during the workshops surprised her every year.
“A lot of these young women want to do something positive in their communities, but they don’t have the confidence or belief in themselves,” she said.
“The Pilbara Girl program gives them the tools to make a difference in their own lives and the communities they live in.”
Ms Fong said a long-term funding commitment was needed from the government to make the Pilbara Girl program sustainable.
“Funding has been a struggle,” she said.
“Last year we managed to deliver a smaller program in the Pilbara thanks to sponsorship from the North West Shelf project.
“Two weeks ago the Government also announced $200,000 interim funding until July, 2016, which means we can provide some post-care for the girls after the program.
The final will be at Goolarri Amphitheatre in Broome on October 9.
For more information, visit www.goolarri.com/kimberleygirl.
Ava Watkins, Terri Murphy, Angelina Sibosado and Teeanne Brown are the four finalists in the 2015 Pilbara Girl heats, which were held in Roebourne last week.