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