In 2007 a group of NHArchitecture staff and friends completed a motorbike ride from Melbourne to Broome. On their journey they raised funds for ForChildren (Australia) Inc. to establish the Southern Chances Program, known as S.E. Chances. This program is auspiced by Connections Uniting Care.

During the journey they stopped in at Yiyili Aboriginal Community near Halls Creek and visited the school. They were made very welcome and were extremely impressed with the school and especially it’s fruit and vegetable garden.

This chance encounter has lead to an ongoing relationship with ForChildren (Australia) Inc. and a variety of partners.

In 2007 our first donation was made in partnership with Scotch College Swap Shop Auxiliary to enable the Yiyili school to expand their kitchen garden to increase their productivity to supply all the students with fresh fruit and vegetables.


r1In March 2010 a donation of sports uniforms was made in partnership with Scotch College Swap Shop Auxiliary.

March 15 2010 Report from Kate Lamacraft, Teacher Yiyili
“Yiyili Aboriginal Community School was lucky enough to be selected to be part of the training program in the Kimberley for Reading Recovery this year, and this is enabling us to offer this literacy program to students here for the first time … The donation made by ForChildren  has provided for all the books and teaching materials required, and even in its very early days, we are seeing exciting progress being made by the students… The staff, students and community of Yiyili Aboriginal Community School are very appreciative of this support – thank you, and we look forward to being able to share literacy success stories with you over the coming terms”.

May 10th 2010 Email from Kate Lamacraft, Teacher Yiyili
“Our reading recovery kids are going really well – I now have enough resources so I am able to send two books home with each of the kids to read to family members for homework.  Parents and carers have been very impressed with the developing skills of their children and they are doing a great job getting the kids to bring the books back each day to change over. This has never been achieved here before.”


In December 2010 in partnership with Scotch College Social Services Auxiliary a donation was made to enable the purchase of leveled texts for independent reading for Reading Recovery Program graduates and others in Grades1/2 and Grades 3/4.
September 8th 2011 Email from Kate Lamacraft, Teacher Yiyili
“Attached are some pictures of a few of our kids reading the leveled reading
 books – the group of students contains one ex-reading recovery student and other classmates – all using leveled texts to support their reading development.”


In 2011 a book drive supported by friends, families local book shops, Scotch College Junior School Library and Wesley College collected a pallet load of new and pre-loved books (approximately 1,000 books) and transported them to Broome where they were stored by tour operator Kimberley Wild until the Yiyli teachers were able to collect them during a holiday break.

uniformIn March 2010 a donation of sports uniforms was made in partnership with Scotch College Swap Shop Auxiliary.

Email from Kate Lamacraft ,Teacher Yiyili 10 May 2010
“The sports shirts arrived on Friday. Thanks to you and to everyone involved – they look great… I have shown the two teachers that are responsible for the sports program and they are very excited. One teacher is starting up a weekly basketball informal competition for the girls and women in the community, and there are also a couple of footy comps coming up that our kids are keen to be involved in.“

In 2011 Waverly Basketball Club donated basketball shirts and basketballs. These were sent with the books collected for the Mum’s and Bub’s Book Group.

In 2013 funds were raised to purchase equipment and safety gear for Yiyili Community Aboriginal School’s hospitality program, the Bush To Belly Food Company, Bush Rangers and Bush Belly Baristas.

Have a look at the video about this innovative program.



Link to video