That’s a wrap for 2017

That’s a wrap for 2017
December 21, 2017 Girls Oz

2017 was a big and exciting year for g-oz. We marked our eighth year in Halls Creek, our fifth year in Carnarvon and our second year in Lockhart River, but most importantly we celebrated our 10th birthday!

In 2017 we:

  • Reached over 500 students across three program locations; Halls Creek and Carnarvon in Western Australia and Lockhart River in Far North Queensland,
  • Delivered 12 week-long Performing Arts Intensives – that’s one visit to each town per school term,
  • Ran 275 sessions in total, with participants ranging in age from newborns to 17 years old,
  • Were able to work with the Kimberley Language Resource Centre in Halls Creek to teach students songs in their native languages, Kija and Jaru thanks to funding from 100 Women,
  • Sent 22 g-oz Instructors to deliver the program – 16 returning and 6 first time Instructors,
  • Organised a community performance for our Halls Creek participants at Shire Park,
  • Took 17 Halls Creek participants to Kununurra to perform at the Ord Valley Muster,
  • Organised a group of Carnarvon participants to perform at the town’s TropiCOOL Festival,
  • Made an extra surprise visit to Carnarvon to record a promotional footage and hold music for Westpac after receiving one of their 200 Community Grants and being selected as a feature recipient of the 2017 campaign,
  • Delivered a Professional Development workshop for the teachers at Carnarvon Community College,
  • Organised our biggest Travel Program to date, both in the number of trips (3) and the number of participants (26), and
  • And, ran our third annual Giving Circles campaign aiming to raise $40,000 by June 30; we were thrilled to raise $51,450.15!

What a year it has been. We’re already making plans for 2018 and can’t wait to see all that we can achieve in another 12 months!