Celebrating young Indigenous women in Sydney's Northern Beaches
We answered the call to give a fresh lick of paint to this Northern Beaches hostel that gives Indigenous girls from regional New South Wales a chance to obtain the best education they can
Biala Aboriginal Boarding House provides accommodation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls from all over New South Wales while they attend the local public high school. Biala is a home away from home for Indigenous girls aged between 12 and 17, giving them access to opportunities and experiences they wouldn't have in their hometowns.
Recently, in an initiative led by Zali Steggall OAM, MP, the local member for Warringah, Biala received a much-needed facelift, including external landscaping, painting and artwork, as well as a refresh inside the accommodation.
GIVIT has sourced a range of items that have been instrumental in making the hostel into a home away from home for the girls. This included a dining table and 12 chairs, study desks, curtains, rugs, drawers, lamps and other furniture. Paint, indoor and outdoor plants and gardening tools were also donated via GIVIT. In addition, we were able to donate ten laptops to the girls to assist with their studies courtesy of a generous corporate donor.
Workers at the hostel are still seeking a number of items to put the finishing touches on the hostel's outdoor space.
NAIDOC Week an opportunity for celebration and reflection
As we recognise and celebrate NAIDOC Week and the First Peoples of Australia, it's an opportunity to acknowledge the impact of GIVIT's National Indigenous Support Program.