Shooting Stars is pleased to announce a significant four-year partnership with Mineral Resources Limited.
Mineral Resources has committed $200,000 in funding for Shooting Stars to assist in program delivery and to expand their reach across Western Australia.
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 and Torres Strait Islander girls living in WA’s remote communities and regional towns.
Mineral Resources Managing Director, Chris Ellison, said he was pleased to support the Shooting Stars initiative, which performs such valuable work in Western Australia’s regional communities.
“We are proud to support the communities in which we live and operate, especially through an initiative that is focused on our youth and their education,” Mr Ellison said.
“Shooting Stars has set ambitious targets to increase school attendance rates of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth and we are pleased to be able to assist in helping them achieve these targets. Providing education and employment pathways is crucial for improving the lives of people who live in our regional areas and we look forward to being a part of Shooting Stars’ continued success.”
Shooting Stars Executive Offer Fran Haintz said she was pleased to welcome the important investment from Mineral Resources.
“Shooting Stars is delighted to welcome Mineral Resources to our close-knit family as a major corporate partner,” Ms Haintz said.
“This investment is a true indication that Mineral Resources shares our drive to encourage genuine change for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls across Western Australia.
“I would like to thank Mineral Resources for their generous funding boost, which will go towards encouraging our participants to embrace education and push to achieve their full potential.”
To date, Shooting Stars has eight school sites across WA which engage with more than 350 students. The ambition is to grow this to 20 schools by 2021 and increase school attendance rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls in remote WA communities from 300 to 1,000 over the next five years.
About Shooting Stars
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 and corporate partnerships, visit www.shootingstars.com.au
About Mineral Resources
Mineral Resources Limited (ASX: MIN) is an innovative and leading mining services company with a growing world-class portfolio of mining operations across multiple commodities, including iron ore and lithium.
Mineral Resources provides mining services to clients throughout Western Australia and the Northern Territory, operates mine sites in the Pilbara and Yilgarn regions and ships product through Utah Point, Kwinana and Esperance. Mineral Resources has become one of the ASX’s best-performing contractors since listing in 2006.
To learn more, please visit www.mineralresources.com.au.