Shooting Stars Carnarvon Program Assistant Rena Abreu has completed her time in the State’s North West, spending the past week at the Halls Creek and Derby programs.
Abreu assisted Helen Ockerby, Community Development Coordinator – Kimberley, and got to know the students from Halls Creek District High School, attending classes and being guided by students around the school.
Abreu also helped participants finalise their performance at the TURA Music Night at the Shire park, before travelling to Udialla Springs for a two-night camp, where she learnt from Derby and Halls Creek students in Years 5 and 6.
The 19-year-old said it was an experience she would never forget.
“It was great to be welcomed straight away by all the Shooting Stars girls and get to hang out with them,” Abreu said.
“I enjoyed watching the Shooting Stars girls dance at the Halls Creek community performance, and I learnt a lot from the Cultural Camp to Udialla Springs and listening to the girls share their stories.”
“Shooting Stars has given me such an incredible opportunity to develop my skills.
Ockerby said the participants and staff were extremely welcoming of Abreu.
“I really enjoyed having Rena visit the area,” Ockerby said.
“Her attitude and fun vibe really engaged with all of our Shooting Stars participants, and she is a brilliant young individual.”
Sentiments echoed by Shooting Stars Executive Officer Fran Haintz.
“Rena is a fantastic example of the outstanding staff we have in our Shooting Stars program, and I am confident she will take the learnings from her time in the Kimberley back to Carnarvon,” Haintz said.
“Our core business is about growing our participants, and in order to do that, it’s imperative we continue to grow our own staff members.”
An initiative of Netball WA and Glass Jar Australia, Shooting Stars aims to use netball as the vehicle to encourage greater engagement and attendance at school of young Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander girls living in WA’s remote communities and regional towns.
The program now engages close to 300 students across six delivery sites; namely Halls Creek, Derby, Carnarvon, Meekatharra, Wiluna and Mullewa, with more than 60% of the students now attending school at a rate of 80% or higher, and a 10-12% increase in attendance across all sites year on year from 2016.
To learn more about the Shooting Stars program, including information about making philanthropic donations and corporate partnerships visit www.shootingstars.com.au