Shooting Stars is pleased to announce a Community Partnership with mining contractor Rock on Ground.
Rock on Ground is a West Australian based drill and blast company and will support Shooting Stars’ Leonora site.
Shooting Stars is an initiative of Netball WA and Glass Jar Australia and uses netball as the vehicle to encourage greater engagement and attendance at school of young Aboriginal girls living in WA’s remote communities and regional towns.
Leonora is the eighth Shooting Stars site and is the first program established in the Goldfields.
“Rock on Ground is committed to working with local communities in the WA Goldfields region,” General Manager Rock on Ground Pty Ltd Darren Guild said.
“With our largest mining project located near Leonora, it was a logical step to support the Shooting Stars program and the great work that is being done to increase school attendance rates through netball.”
“It is a wonderful initiative, and one that we are excited about supporting for the next three years.”
Shooting Stars Executive Officer Fran Haintz applauded the new partnership.
“The way the community of Leonora has welcomed our program, along with essential corporate support has been outstanding, Haintz said.
“I would like to thank Rock on Ground for their backing as a Community Partner as we aspire to encourage more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls within Leonora to embrace their education.
Shooting Stars has a goal to work with 20 schools by the end of 2021.
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 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 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, visit www.shootingstars.com.au.