Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AM, Governor of Victoria, kindly hosted a morning tea to celebrate the work of the Stars Foundation and raise awareness of the need to support the educational opportunities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls.
Stars Deputy Chair, Donisha Duff and Director Sue Beecher were in attendance, along with Stars team members Sam Rioli, Michael McLean, David Francis and Andrea Goddard.
Representatives from partner organisations and other interested groups were also invited. The sun shone, conversation flowed and the girls for whom Stars exists to support were never far from anyone’s mind.
Stars were extremely grateful to the Governor for her generosity and hospitality in hosting the wonderful event.
On Monday 7th March Casuarina Senior College and Stars Foundation students Danielle Ponter and Nikita Long travelled to Canberra to attend the announcement of Cricket Australia’s first indigenous female cricket team to tour India in May. Joining them in Canberra for the two day trip was Dave Russell, Casuarina Senior College Stars Program Manager and Andrea Goddard, Chief Executive, Stars Foundation.
The formal reception was hosted at Government House by His Excellency the Governor General, Peter Cosgrove. Michael Kasprowicz (Cricket Australia Director) formally launched the tour, while also recognising International Women’s Day. Mr Kasprowicz spoke of the importance the tour plays in developing elite sporting pathways for indigenous females in Australian sport.
Stars’ partnership with Cricket Australia provided a wonderful opportunity for two Stars leaders to further develop their leadership qualities, and both Nikita and Danielle represented Stars in a manner of which we could all be proud.
Danielle and Nikita where chosen to attend the event in recognition of the fact that they are both outstanding young leaders within the Stars program at Casuarina Senior College and the broader community. Cricket Australia made the trip possible as part of their partnership with the Stars Foundation, improving school completion rates of young indigenous females and assisting with the transition to further employment, education or training post-school.
Stars programs have begun in Darwin at Sanderson and Dripstone Middle Schools, with preparations underway at Casuarina Senior College.
Girls have embraced the early days of the programs and are voting with their feet, attending activity sessions, the Stars room and off-site activities.