Popular girls’ program strikes gold with expansion
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.