Shooting Stars to open Leonora site

May 31, 2018

Shooting Stars is pleased to announce a significant partnership with Saracen Minerals Holdings Limited in a major boost for the Program.

The mining company has contributed $150,000 dollars towards the Program’s eighth site to be launched in Leonora.

Shooting Stars uses netball as a driver to help enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls to have a taste of success to improve their self-image, develop hope and aspirations about their future, and provide motivation to attend school to achieve those aspirations.

Saracen Managing Director Raleigh Finlayson said his company was delighted to provide financial support for the Shooting Stars program.

“Shooting Stars is a highly effective program with a proven track record of success,” Mr Finlayson said.

“It delivers real, tangible benefits by providing the framework and incentives for indigenous girls to take part in sport and improve their education.

“At the same time, it is an extremely effective incentive to come to school and gain an education which will help lay the foundations for the rest of their lives.

“As a WA gold miner, Saracen is delighted to help fund this outstanding initiative and congratulates everyone involved in this year’s program.”

Shooting Stars Executive Officer Fran Haintz said the significant investment will help to harness real change and drive school attendance rates for young Indigenous girls in the area.

“This partnership is critical in helping the delivery of Shooting Stars within Leonora and we know with Saracen Minerals support we will continue to see genuine change for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls,” Haintz said.

“I would like to thank Saracen Minerals for its generous and significant support in helping us develop real social change and pathways for our participants.

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An initiative of Netball WA and Glass Jar Australia, Shooting Stars is an educational program that uses netball and other tools as 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 300 students across seven 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 75% 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 and corporate partnerships, visit www.shootingstars.com.au