2019 Yalari Melbourne Dinner – You Are Invited!

St Catherine’s School proudly partners with Yalari to offer educational scholarships to Indigenous students from regional, rural and remote communities to gain access to a first-class secondary education. St Catherine’s is one of two Victorian participating schools and one of 24 around Australia. We currently have five students across Years 7 to 11, who all board at Illawarra, with another two students joining every alternate year.

This year, Yalari celebrates 14 years of arranging scholarships and our 2019 Melbourne Dinner gives us all the opportunity to acknowledge the students’ commitment and persistence in gaining an exceptional education whilst raising vital funds for Yalari, introduce new supporters to the not-for-profit organisation, and showcase our wonderful students to their supporters.

The night’s program involves as many of the current Yalari students as possible and so the dinner always delivers a night of extraordinary stories and entertainment.

Our 2019 Yalari cohort includes a total of 47 Year 7 students who joined the program this year around Australia, including six new students at both St Catherine’s and at Geelong Grammar.

Across Australia, a total of 190 students are now being supported across the 24 participating schools with an impressive 354 alumni working or continuing on to tertiary studies across the states and territories.

Our five Victorian 2018 Year 12 students graduated last December with four of the five accepting tertiary offers into university studies this year. Our fifth student deferred her tertiary placement to enjoy a GAP year returning to her community to work full time as an Indigenous Support Worker. It is heartening to hear that the Yalari program continues to support students so wholesomely through their secondary years and beyond.

Three St Catherine’s current/past parents represent the School around the table of the Yalari Melbourne Dinner Committee. Each year, we gather fellow parents and friends to join us at the dinner to support our students. This year, we are asking you to join us at the dinner and proudly support our own Yalari students.

The 2019 Melbourne Dinner will be held on Thursday 15 August at Leonda by the Yarra. Tickets are $230 per person. Your support to ensure a fabulous night for Yalari and St Catherine’s is warmly welcomed.

Please join us by clicking this link https://events.humanitix.com.au/md19 to reserve your seat at one of our St Catherine’s tables.

Mrs Lisa Steven, Chair of the Victorian Committee for the Yalari Foundation