Wirrpanda Foundation

A message from the CEO

To our valued supporters,

In these uncertain times, the Wirrpanda Foundation is committed to ensuring the health and well-being of our staff, participants and community. Because of this, Mineral Resources Park will continue to be closed to the public, staff are working from home where they can and we have moved to digital engagement where possible.

There is no doubt these circumstances have forced us to adapt quickly, and I am incredibly proud of our team for adjusting to this new normal so rapidly. Our programs have moved from face-to-face meetings to online, and will continue to run this way for as long as necessary. This has meant our mentors can continue to engage with and assist our participants, place them into the workforce and offer support where they need.

Our Deadly Sista Girlz mentors are delivering food hampers (while adhering to social distancing rules) to those DSG families who may need a little extra support at this time, as well as creating hygiene packs for participants and delivering sessions virtually. In saying this, we are also pursuing further digital avenues and ways in which we can connect with our participants and you all, and hope you will continue to follow our social channels to keep updated.

We know it is tough out there at the moment, especially for job seekers, and we implore you to get in touch with us if you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander seeking work. We, as always, will do whatever we can to assist you in finding meaningful employment.

We are lucky enough to have government and corporate funding that should see us through these tough times, and although we will most certainly take a hit, we are well aware that we are one of the lucky ones. A big thank you to our funders for their continued support and assistance navigating these challenging times.

Take care of yourselves and your family, stay safe, and enjoy a happy Easter (albeit a quieter one than usual).

Kind regards,
Lisa Cunningham
Chief Executive Officer