15 November 2022

Shining a spotlight on Yalari sponsor RPS

RPS is a global professional services firm with close to 1200 employees across Australia and the Asia Pacific region. Through our work, we have the privilege of working with, and for many First Nations peoples and communities.

Des Cloake from RPS with student Charlea
Des Cloake from RPS with student Charlea

Our passion is solving problems that matter for clients and communities. The fact that First Nations people don’t have the same advantages as other students when it comes to education is a problem that matters to us. And that’s why RPS has been a proud corporate partner of Yalari since 2018.

Each year, RPS team members volunteer at Yalari fundraising dinners from Sydney to Brisbane and beyond, speaking regularly about the great experiences they have working at these events.

From the incredible stories they hear from Yalari students and alumni, to the inspiring addresses provided by Yalari founder, Waverley, our people gain as much from these experiences as they contribute by volunteering their time.

Our partnership with Yalari has allowed RPS to financially assist one student – Charlea Smith – to live and attend St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School, in Brisbane. Now in Year 11, Charlea was selected as part of the Yalari scholarship program in 2018, and we’ve been honoured to contribute to her education journey over the last four years.

Our team has also provided pro-bono support to Yalari, with RPS team members helping to form, shape and guide a small group of Yalari alumni into a management committee that represents hundreds of Yalari graduates.

Through meetings and facilitated workshops, we helped the committee develop an aligned purpose and objectives, along with a roadmap of events and initiatives. We’ve also provided insights to Yalari’s management team on risk management, and measuring the social impact that is created through the organisation’s work.

In the foreword of our Reconciliation Action Plan, the RPS executive team wrote a simple but powerful message: “we want reconciliation to be a verb, not a noun”,’ says RPS Chief Executive Officer, Meegan Sullivan.

‘Making education accessible is reconciliation in action. And that’s what we value so much about our partnership with Yalari.

Through it, we can help make an impact and drive positive change that is felt and seen by real people. People who we know will make an impact and drive positive change for all of us into the future’.

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