How it all started...
Yalari was founded in 2005 by Indigenous educationalist Waverley Stanley and his wife Llew Mullins.
Waverley grew up in the town of Murgon, 300 kilometres north-west of Brisbane, and attended Murgon State School. It was at this school where his Grade 7 teacher, Mrs Rosemary Bishop, recognised Waverley’s potential and felt he deserved a chance for a brighter future. Mrs Bishop was instrumental in Waverley gaining a scholarship to attend Toowoomba Grammar School for his high school education. It was this opportunity that started him on the Yalari journey.
Waverley acknowledges his future opportunities and success were shaped by the education he received. In recognition of this opportunity and the desire for generational change, Waverley and his wife Llew Mullins founded Yalari in 2005 and established the Rosemary Bishop Indigenous Education Scholarship program.
Yalari identifies children who are doing well at primary school and gives them the opportunity to be educated at some of the best boarding schools throughout Australia. Through the gift of education, Yalari provides young Indigenous people with the ideas and skills to help them pursue their goals and dreams, whatever they may be.
Through unwavering vision and passion, Yalari is providing real educational opportunities for Indigenous children and is supported nationally by generous individuals, philanthropic foundations, companies, government and many fantastic volunteers.
‘Yalari’ is a word from the Birri Gubba Indigenous language group meaning ‘child’. Waverley was given permission to use ‘Yalari’ by the late Grandfather “Blokey” Wilson.
‘That wonderful experience at Toowoomba Grammar School has been the catalyst for the success, passion and direction in my life. All Yalari’s efforts are aimed at offering a similar chance for Indigenous children now and in the future - and we believe they can achieve anything if given a go at a great education.’
Waverley Stanley Founder Yalari