Pop­u­lar girls’ pro­gram strikes gold with ex­pan­sion

Pilbara News - - News - Jakeb Wad­dell

Kira Fong has seized a golden op­por­tu­nity and will ex­pand her Kim­ber­ley and Pil­bara Girl pro­grams to the Gold­fields next month.

The pro­grams aim to in­spire young indige­nous women aged 16-25 to strive for great­ness while im­prov­ing their con­fi­dence and tack­ling rel­e­vant so­cial is­sues.

There will be a week of work­shops in Leonora and Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der, with heats at the end of each week de­cid­ing which girls will go through to the fi­nal.

A week of fi­nals work­shops will then run, cul­mi­nat­ing in a fash­ion show where the Gold­fields Girl will be crowned.

Goolarri Me­dia chief op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer Kira Fong founded the pro­gram in the Kim­ber­ley in 2004 and jumped at the chance to ex­pand it when for­mer Mem­ber for Kal­go­or­lie Wendy Dun­can ad­vised her of the need for it in the Gold­fields com­mu­nity. “Each year, you can see the change each of the girls go through,” she said.

“The most sig­nif­i­cant thing that we no­tice is the girls’ con­fi­dence.

“At the same time, the work­shops tackle is­sues that the girls ex­pe­ri­ence in their ev­ery­day lives, so by ex­pand­ing to the Gold­fields we are help­ing even more young women.”

Ms Dun­can be­came a strong sup­porter of the Kim­ber­ley Girl pro­gram when work­ing as the Mem­ber for Min­ing.

“We need strong in­put and ac­tive in­volve­ment of Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple if we are to have any hope of sort­ing out some of our so­cial prob­lems,” she said.

One fa­cil­i­ta­tor for the pro­gram in the Gold­fields will be Kar­tika Eades, who par­tic­i­pated in the Kim­ber­ley Girl pro­gram in 2005 and said it was ben­e­fi­cial for her devel­op­ment as a young woman.

The Gold­fields Girl pro­gram be­gins next month, with Kim­ber­ley Girl start­ing on Septem­ber 25.

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