“It is an Aboriginal celebration – an awareness culture week when all the communities get together and have events, to encourage families and friends to come along and learn more about our culture.”

Not many people get to live out their childhood dream. Even fewer get to do it in front of 60,000 people at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Jarrad Oakley Nicholls managed both. And, whilst that dream did not work out the way he expected, the journey it has taken him on has led him to a different calling, and a way to give back to his culture.

Switching from his natural orthodox stance to southpaw, the 22-year-old Perth boxer can change from a left-hand to a right-hand lead jab, punching from different angles and putting his opponent off balance.

Jasmine Calgaret recently started her dream job as an boilermaker apprentice with Barclay Engineering.

Mitchell Eades first walked through the doors of the Wirrpanda Foundation in 2014 to enrol in the Solid Futures employment program and obtained a role in the mining industry.

The Wirrpanda Foundation’s Deadly Sista Girlz program aims to engage, educate and empower at-risk or disadvantaged Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander females to make better choices for their health and future.