Business takes off
SOUTH Perth Aboriginal entrepreneur Amanda Healy is flying high after signing an agreement with a not-for-profit organisation to encourage young indigenous people to get involved in business.
SOUTH Perth Aboriginal entrepreneur Amanda Healy is flying high after signing an agreement with a notfor-profit organisation to encourage young indigenous people to get involved in business.
The agreement between Ms Healy’s luxury accessories company Kirrikin and Midland organisation Ausum Initiatives will enable young people to gain work experience in the areas of sales, merchandising and packaging.
The partnership comes after Kirrikin’s agreement to supply bespoke scarves to Qantas from November, when two customised designs will be available for purchase on departing flights from Australia as part of the airline’s duty-free sales.
Ms Healy said she had been involved with Ausum Initiatives in 2012 after meeting representatives through the Small Business Development Corporation.
“The idea behind the agreement came after the Qantas deal. I was struggling to do everything at home and so I needed some help,” she said.
Ausum Initiatives chief executive Liz Prescott said she was thrilled with the partnership.
“It’s a real win-win for both organisations – Ausum has the opportunity to place at-risk youth into meaningful work placements, and Kirrikin gains the services of a professional and well-established indigenous organisation to service the needs of its new client, Qantas,” she said.
Kirrikin founder Amanda Healy, seated, with Sidonie Maher (16), of One Arm Point, and Telisha McGinty (17), of Halls Creek.