Pos­i­tive im­pact

BOOST FOR EX-IN­MATES TRAIN­ING PRO­GRAM

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - FRONT PAGE - Aaron Cor­lett

BEL­MONT or­gan­i­sa­tion Ngalla Maya will be able to de­liver train­ing and ed­u­ca­tion to for­mer in­dige­nous in­mates in Fre­man­tle af­ter re­ceiv­ing a $100,000 grant.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion re­ceived the money as part of the Im­pact100 Fre­man­tle project, which asks 100 donors to each con­trib­ute $1000 an­nu­ally to help char­i­ties and projects.

Ngalla Maya founder Mervyn Eades said the grant would en­able the or­gan­i­sa­tion to do work in Fre­man­tle three days a week.

“We’ll have a small ve­hi­cle to make house vis­its and be able to hire an em­ployee,” he said.

“This will al­low us to do the same train­ing and work we’ve been do­ing around Bel­mont and help peo­ple gain em­ploy­ment and give them hope.

“Fre­man­tle is an im­por­tant area be­cause lots of our boys and girls live around Cool­bellup and Hamilton Hill.”

Mr Eades said he was thank­ful to Im­pact100 Fre­man­tle for the grant.

“I was happy enough to be in the fi­nal four but I felt over­whelmed that Ngalla Maya was the ma­jor grant re­cip­i­ent. Our pro­gram has been a huge suc­cess but I’d like to see us based in Ar­madale, Mirra­booka and all through the city and re­gional ar­eas,” he said.

“I’d say that 230 or 240 peo­ple have come through the pro­gram and 140 of those have been able to se­cure em­ploy­ment.

“The money will al­low us to con­tinue de­liv­er­ing the pro­gram in a cul­tur­ally sen­si­tive way to our peo­ple.”

The three other fi­nal­ists – Fre­man­tle PCYC, MyKy and Koora Wadi Sup­ported Play­group – each re­ceived $5000.

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