Foundation kicks goals with stu­dents

Pilbara News - - Pilbara Education - Ali­cia Per­era

■ The Wir­rpanda Foundation’s foot­baller role mod­els re­turned to the Pil­bara last week when they vis­ited Onslow as part of their Wirra Schools Project.

Wirra Schools is a new ini­tia­tive from the foundation to pro­mote school at­ten­dance and healthy life choices among chil­dren in re­gional com­mu­ni­ties that need more resources.

The team has al­ready vis­ited Roe­bourne and Carnar­von for the project, and af­ter Onslow will go to Meekatharra and Wiluna in Novem­ber.

Foundation men­tors Troy Cook and Dale Kick­ett led the project in Onslow, though David Wir­rpanda had to can­cel at late no­tice.

The week in­volved fo­rums and work­shops with lo­cal fam­i­lies and or­gan­i­sa­tions, sports ac­tiv­i­ties and ra­dio work­shops with DJ Lu­cas Lewis.

The com­mu­nity also banded to­gether to paint a mu­ral in the recre­ation cen­tre, led by artist Sa­man­tha Wortel­hock.

Mr Cook said the project had the po­ten­tial to do a lot of good in Onslow.

“It’s all about get­ting kids to school, pro­mot­ing the value of ed­u­ca­tion and get­ting com­mu­nity own­er­ship of it as well,” he said.

“It will ob­vi­ously take time to see the re­sults but hope­fully we will make a dif­fer­ence.”

The foundation, which re­cently cel­e­brated its 10th an­niver­sary, has been vis­it­ing the town of Onslow for about seven of those years and has formed a strong re­la­tion­ship with its kids.

“We ab­so­lutely love go­ing up there,” foundation spokes­woman Matilda Cun­ning­ham said.

“We took about 15 vol­un­teers up there ear­lier this year. It’s a com­mu­nity we al­ways fight over vis­it­ing.”

The Wirra Schools Project is funded by the Depart­ment of Prime Min­is­ter and Cabi­net as part of their Re­mote School At­ten­dance Strat­egy.

Pic­ture: Wir­rpanda Foundation and VSwans and Sport­ing Schools ini­tia­tive

Wir­rpanda Foundation men­tors and Onslow chil­dren en­joyed a game of lawn bowls dur­ing the Wirra Schools visit last week.

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