An Inspiring Message from a Yalari Parent

“To Waverley, Llew and the Yalari crew –

I want to express my gratitude for the amazing opportunity you presented to Koby and Jaycee all those years ago. The opportunity for them to leave a small town like Lakes Entrance with limited opportunities to attend a School like Geelong Grammar School has changed their lives.

They traveled to Japan, visited multiple places in this beautiful country, experienced hiking the mountains in snow, living without technology for a year while at Timbertop and learned resilience during challenging times.

Koby has spent the past 2 years working as a teacher’s aide back at his old primary school and is hoping to head to uni next year to study primary education.

Jaycee is heading to ACU in Melbourne next year to study primary education also. We all know that we need more Indigenous teachers in the education sector to help our younger generations.

They both wear their Yalari clothing with pride and love to tell people about Yalari when the opportunity arises.

From the bottom of my heart, I as a parent can not thank you enough. To Waverly and Llew you are the most caring, kind, compassionate and giving people I have ever met. Not only for the work you do to help the younger generation but by welcoming them into your home and heart as family. I could never thank you enough for what you have done for Koby and Jaycee.

To the amazing staff, volunteers and sponsors. Words can not express how grateful we are for the hard work you put in for our kids to help keep Yalari going. You really are changing the lives of Indigenous children in this country.”

We recently received this heartwarming message from Lauren Wescott, mother of Jaycee and Koby Sellings.
Jaycee’s Yalari journey is proudly sponsored by Newsboys Foundation and Koby’s was generously sponsored by Alan and Liz Hay.

Jaycee and Koby at the 2019 Melbourne Dinner

Jaycee and Koby at the 2018 Melbourne Dinner


Yalari respects our Elders, past and present, and acknowledges that our office is on Kombumerri country within the lands of the Yugambeh language group

(07) 5665 8688
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4 Helensvale Road, Helensvale QLD 4212