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Yalari receives $300,000 donation from Futurity Education Foundation to further Indigenous education opportunities

Dechlan Brennan -

First Nations rural and remote students have been given a funding boost, with the Futurity Investment Group announcing a $300,000 grant to the Indigenous education foundation, Yalari Ltd.

Yalari has offered education opportunities to more than 750 Indigenous children from over 130 communities since it was founded by Waverley Stanley and his wife Llew Mullins in 2005.

The three-year funding announcement, announced on Wednesday, will allow Yalari to build on their work which supports Aboriginal students undertaking secondary and university education each year.

They currently have 248 children studying on a Rosemary Bishop Indigenous Education Scholarship.

Mr Stanley said part of the $100,000 a year donation would be used to cover the boarding and tuition costs for two Indigenous students to attend one of Australia's leading boarding schools, whilst another three students will be offered Pathways Scholarships to attend university.

''We are very pleased to be partnering with a well-established education-focussed member-owned organisation like Futurity'', Mr Stanley said.

"The partnership with the Futurity Education Foundation will change lives for the better. Yalari and Futurity share a deep commitment to quality education being key to generational change and a brighter future for Indigenous Australians and for our whole nation."

He said the "support and mission" of Futurity aligned with Yalari's vision to be one of the nation's leading educational and leadership foundations in order to empowers Indigenous people from regional and remote Australia.

Futurity will also assist with the support of the full cohort of 248 students to help receive pastoral and academic, as well as personal care by contributing to Yalari's Student Wellbeing Program.

Futurity's chief executive, Sam Sondhi, said the philanthropic arm of the group would help ensure students have access to education and lifelong learning opportunities, noting it was humbling to help champion "philanthropic endeavours that break down barriers and enable educational pathways".

"It's critical for Australia's long-term success that quality education is affordable, accessible and inclusive of all sectors of society," he said, arguing the philanthropic arm of Futurity, the Futurity Education Foundation, would help make this vision a reality.

"By supporting Yalari, we are helping First Nations students from remote Australia to thrive, championing student learning and wellbeing and helping to prioritise culturally relevant education, language and curriculum.

"By partnering with Yalari, Futurity is consciously supporting an emerging generation of alumni who are potential Indigenous leaders, each with their own spheres of influence and impact.

"This alumni network is part of the enduring legacy of anyone who helps support Yalari."

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