Josiah Farrer - Josiah Farrer
Josiah Farrer

Josiah Farrer

Local Area Coordinator – Halls Creek Remote Service Delivery Regional Operation Centre Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

"Josiah Farrer has been running Auskick in Halls Creek for almost three months and the response has been greatly received by the community.
Kids are participating in significant numbers after school which has seen reduced at risk behaviour around town during this time.
The experience is most certainly two way as Josiah has gained great experience leading a group of kids in his area of expertise, football.
The young people demonstrate respect and enjoy the program.  This is demonstrated through the consistently strong attendance figures.

Keep up the great work, Josiah."

Fi Sproule -

Fi Sproule

Remote Youth Development Officer - Billiluna Community Shire of Halls Creek

"Over the past two year of working as the Remote Youth Development Officer in the Billiluna Community I have had the absolute pleasure of working closely with the Garnduwa Sports Program.  They are one of the few services that maintain regular contact and visits to this community.

The team at Garnduwa bring positive sporting programs, camps and inter-community sporting competitions to the young people of the desert communities.  They have formed strong connections with young people here and they are always engaged in everything they bring to this community.

The young people of Billiluna and the desert communities have gained positive life skills and role models through these programs. They also see young people from these communities being employed by Garnduwa, which gives them a greater insight to the options of employment.

The positive impact of the programs that Garduwa bring to these communities is immeasurable."

Ngalangangpum School (Turkey Creek) -

Ngalangangpum School (Turkey Creek)

"At Ngalangangpum school, staff and students are very grateful to Garnduwa led by Leah Allen and her team for the engaging programs organised for the community of Warmun in the East Kimberly. Not only has there been ongoing, exciting, educational programs for our high school students to try and ignite the leadership qualities in them, Garnduwa has also catered for children of all ages, keeping them engaged with sporting events and holiday programs.

The creative programs are important for children living in remote communities. Leah and her team have consistently returned to our community to implement the holiday programs to keep the children engaged, and therefore, making good choices for themselves.
We congratulate Leah Allen and her team for their commitment and tireless effort they bring to our community."

Paul Bridge -

Paul Bridge

Principal, Derby District High School

To Whom It May Concern,

As an Aboriginal Principal of a number of Kimberley schools including One Arm Point RCS, Bayulu RCS and Derby DHS, I have seen Garnduwa at the forefront of supporting Kimberley students and schools in sporting programs that focused on promoting healthy lifestyle activities.  Throughout my years in working in these schools, Garnduwa has been a constant in adding value to each student’s life skill development.

A lot of external organisations work on the fly in fly out model of delivery. Garnduwa through the employment of outstanding Aboriginal role models provides quality sporting programs.  Without Garnduwa’s organisation, many students would not have had the opportunities to participate in individual and team sports in communities and towns. They are always represented at every sporting event providing expert knowledge and coaching.

Garnduwa will continue to have a positive working partnership with schools and Kimberley kids. Garnduwa is the iconic Kimberley Brand that has enhanced the lives of Kimberley kids through their healthy life style sporting programs!"

Rebecca Minichilli -

Rebecca Minichilli

Youth Services Coordinator Skill Hire

"I have had the pleasure of working in partnership with Garnduwa over the past 2 and a half years. In my opinion, I believe Garnduwa is by far the most successful regular and consistent program operating in the whole of the East Kimberley.

Not only are the sport and recreation programs exceptional in delivery, they are also extraordinary in making sure the program caters for all ages and abilities making it a positive and enjoyable experience for everyone involved. Leah Allen and her team in the East Kimberley run sporting tournaments with the utmost professionalism and respect for everyone involved.

The East Kimberley branch of Garnduwa is, by far, the best agency at coordinating and collaborating with all other services and agencies in all different communities which is essential in the success of the Garnduwa programs."

Robert de Castella MBE - Robert De Castella (centre) standing with aboriginal runners Charlie Maher (left) and Caleb Hart (right). Source: Herald Sun April 29, 2011 12:00AM
Robert De Castella (centre) standing with aboriginal runners Charlie Maher (left) and Caleb Hart (right). Source: Herald Sun April 29, 2011 12:00AM

Robert de Castella MBE

Australian former world champion marathon runner

"Thanks Garnduwa for all your wonderful people, programs and support of my Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP) as we use running to inspire young Aboriginal and Islander men, women and kids, all around Australia, to run and be active.

The 42.2 kilometre New York marathon, with 2.5 million spectators, is our ultimate goal for the select few remarkable young Indigenous men and women each year.  Our National Deadly Fun Run series provides the pathway for young Indigenous boys and girls, adults, and communities to get running fit and one day build to running the marathon.

Nothing challenges your body like a marathon and when you finish you feel like you can do anything. We can't do it alone.  We are excited and so appreciative of Garnduwa's support and programs that help us deliver our message, Run Sweat Inspire.

All the best and hope to catch up again - Rob."