Train­ing group spreads to Fremantle

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

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,” he said.

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

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

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