Shooting Stars is delighted to announce that the Hon Julie Bishop MP has accepted the invitation to become the Program’s inaugural Patron.
Ms Bishop most recently served as the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party from 2007 to 2018, and was the Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2013 to 2018.
Shooting Stars has been proudly supported by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) since its inception, with Ms Bishop hand-delivering the first funding extension in November last year, while the Program has since received a further funding recommitment from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
“I enjoyed playing netball for 30 years, not only for my love of the game and the health benefits but because the sport unites women and girls in communities across Australia,” Ms Bishop said.
“I am delighted to be named Patron of Shooting Stars.”
Shooting Stars Executive Officer Fran Haintz said Ms Bishop would play an important role for the Program.
“Ms Bishop’s support of Shooting Stars for a number of years has been a key factor in the significant successes that we have achieved since our pilot program in Halls Creek in 2014,” Haintz said.
“We are indebted to Ms Bishop for her advocacy of Shooting Stars, and we are certainly looking forward to being able to call on her expertise as we continue to change the lives of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls living in remote West Australian communities.”
Shooting Stars is now affecting genuine change in the lives of more than 350 students across eight delivery sites; namely Carnarvon, Derby, Halls Creek, Leonora, Narrogin, Meekatharra, Mullewa and Wiluna.
An initiative of Netball WA and Glass Jar Australia, Shooting Stars is an educational program that uses netball and other tools as the vehicles to achieve its primary vision of increasing school attendance rates for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) girls living in WA’s remote communities and regional towns to 80-90%.
The program now engages more than 350 students across eight delivery sites, with an average attendance improvement of 18% across the board, while 60% of participants maintain an average attendance rate of 80% or above. Furthermore, the Program is a key driver in creating equality for female leaders and generational change, with 83% of its staff and 50% of its Board identifying as Indigenous.
Shooting Stars enjoys the backing of the governing body for netball in Netball WA, and with that support comes nearly 100 years of professional expertise in community programs and development. To find out more about the program, including information about making philanthropic donations, click here.