Hello and welcome to a new and exciting era for KARI and the KARI Foundation. As Chief Executive Officer let me take this opportunity to introduce myself, and also to give you an idea of the role I see us playing in establishing the conversation of real change.
Many of you will have worked closely with Paul Ralph over the years, and I am pleased Paul will continue to play a very active role in the KARI Foundation. The establishment of the KARI Foundation and our new partnership with NSW Rugby League affords KARI the platform to influence the public dialogue and leverage this exposure to provide a voice to our community.
For KARI and our incredible employees, 2017 is our defining moment as an organisation. We have a proud history of supporting the Aboriginal community, engaging corporate Australia and working alongside governments to deliver positive change. I would also like to mention our valued partners who have taken this journey alongside our organisation during the past 18 years. Without your support, enthusiasm and belief in real change, we would not have been able to achieve the outstanding outcomes to date.
As we find ourselves at the pointy end of the year, we have been busier than ever here at KARI. We hosted our annual Gala Dinner Dance in Campbelltown, and it was fantastic to see over 400 people coming together to celebrate culture as we continue our work on strengthening unity between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities.
I’m also thrilled to announce that a brand new program – the KARI LEAD Program – has been funded by HSBC for the next three years. This program will offer financial, mentoring and leadership support to Year 11 and 12 Aboriginal students.
Another exciting venture on the horizon is the Changing Lives: Larapinta Trek 2018, where KARI will take a group of participants to trek the Larapinta Trail to raise funds and awareness for the KARI Foundation. I myself will be taking on the challenge of navigating the Larapinta Trek and hope many of you can join us on this adventure!
Lastly, the Christmas period is one which allows us all to reflect and enjoy time with friends and family. On behalf of our KARI team, I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We look forward to changing more lives with your participation during 2018.