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Wide Bay/ Sunshine Coast helped make Christmas special after assisting 667 people into work and raising $4002 for Girls Academy

February 28 2018

Sunshine Coast Regional Manager Aaron Papas presenting cheque to the team at Girls Academy.

The team at MAX Employment Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast helped make Christmas special for local families after assisting 667 people into work and raising $4,002 for Girls Academy, a program that helps Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls complete high school education. 

For every person that MAX helped find work in the region, the Wide Bay/ Sunshine Coast region pledged to donate $6 to Girls Academy as part of the annual Christmas campaign. 

Sunshine Coast Regional Manager Aaron Papas said his region were proud to support such a deserving organisation. 

“We did everything we could to find jobs to help the Girls Academy. It’s a fantastic community program and we’d like to increase awareness of Girls Academy within the region.”

 

Girls Academy started in Perth, Western Australia in 2004 and has recently expanded to the Wide Bay region, providing intensive, one-on-one mentoring and support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls in seven high schools across Bundaberg, Hervey Bay and Maryborough. 

Girls Academy National Partnerships Manager Kye Gore said the donation will go far to support the girls. 

“MAX Employment’s support helps Girls Academy provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls with the opportunity to achieve the best possible outcomes for their future.” 

 

For 21 year old Bundaberg local Taylor, the magic didn’t end at Christmas.  As one of the 667 people who found work through the 2017 Christmas Campaign, Taylor is now working for Girls Academy at Kepnock High School. 

Girls Academy Human Resources Manager Madhu Bhalla is pleased with how well Taylor fits in to the organisation. 

“Taylor is great to talk to, she’s got a caring attitude and can relate to the ladies in our community. She’s a great guide and a mentor for change.” 

 


“She’s very reliable, and she’s comfortable to be around. There are lots of opportunities for Taylor to grow into a program manager position or regional manager position over time.” 

The 2017 MAX Employment Christmas Campaign focused on regional organisations that helpe support Indigenous Australians. At the conclusion of the campaign over $98,000 was raised for 30 Indigenous organisations and more than 16,000 people had found work. 

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