In November we travelled to Melbourne with a team of 10 young Tiwi women, identified by their schools and nominated as leaders.
The four day experience saw them engage in activities with Indigenous females from the Defence Forces acting as mentors.
As part of our social enterprise intiatives this week we are taking 10 Tiwi Youth Girls to Melbourne on a Defence Force Work Experience Mentoring program.
Part of the trip includes combining with Indigenous women from the forces to play in the Koorie Women's Football Carnival
Starwin Social Enterprise has the mantra - "Champions. Change. Community."
Earlier this year we had an idea to help spark a 'Currency of Kindness' ... by creating an initiative in collaboration with Higher Attire where our customers and connections could 'gift' dresses to be collected by schools for young women attending graduations and their formal functions.
We wanted to contribute to their celebration of their success and committment to shine!
Well Darwin, we'd just like to say a HUGE - THANK YOU!!
So far we have gifted over 40 dresses to 4 different school groups and many more to go (we welcome more schools to make contact with us).
To our the top end community - a special thank you for assisting us to demonstate that social enterprise is not about fundraising or always monetary investment, but more about being a solution broker & creating community change.
We are proud to be helping these young women shine like the stars that they are & we congratulate all of them on achieving a higher education and doing themselves, family & community proud!
Let's keep the currency of kindness flowing & share the Starwin spirit
Schools - pls email: firstname.lastname@example.org to book in a time to collect
Anne-Marie Puruntatameri (AMP) led our crafternoon session on the traditional art of painting jukwarringa (mud mussel shells) on Thursday 17 September. The Tiwi Islander from Melville Island, 100 km north of Darwin, shared stories with visitors Abby and Jo sitting outside our shop in the Breezeway of the Double Tree by Hilton.
Traditionally, women on the Tiwi Islanders go hunting for juwarringa in the mangroves during kuminpunari (the dry season). After cooking the mussels on the fire and eating, the shells are kept and painted for decoration.
AMP resides in Darwin to receive dialysis treatment and has to live away from her husband and family. Painting and sharing stories helps her feel connected to community here.
Our next event is Starwin Storytime with Aunty Rosie on Thursday 24 August!
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Here’s to healing happy, healthy minds and hearts!
It’s been an exciting few weeks at Starwin Shopfront!
In July we took part in the first ever Indigenous Cultural Showcase at the Royal Darwin Show, sharing a stall with Bima Wear and Pudakul Cultural Tours. We loved being able to showcase some of the beautiful products the Top End has to offer with the Show community.
Thanks to everyone who came and said hi, bought some local products and supported our enterprises or participated in the cultural activities on offer. Some of our best sellers included the Recycled Aboriginal Mats, Alperstein Designs Salad Servers and stunning fabrics from Babarra Maningrida and Bima Wear Tiwi Islands, all available in store or via our online store.
Thanks also to Territory FM and ABC Darwin for their interviews and sharing our stories.
The Bima Wear ladies previewed their new line of clothing in vibrant and unique Tiwi designs. You can check out their new range at the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair from 11-13 August and then in Starwin Shopfront in coming weeks!
The excitement continues this week as we head to the Smile a Mile Toy Library on Thursday 3 August to celebrate Aboriginal Children’s Day. Little ones can learn how to paint on mud mussel shells with Tiwi ladies Anne-Marie and Helen Puruntatameri. And we’ll have books, toys and children’s clothing for sale. Come down and say hi!
As always, we’d love to you to pop into the store and say hi to Karina, Martha, Mel or Ameina.
We have a supply team of 30+ social and community enterprises offering unique cultural and Australian-made products.
Help us spread our campaign of #OneOfAKindness