RES Directors, Leann Wilson and Mal Meninga, and Ausenco’s CEO Zimi Meka, and APAC/Africa President, Brad Shaw, co-hosted a table at the 2015 Bond University Indigenous Gala on 13 November in Queensland, Australia. They were joined by special guests from Santos Energy NSW, Metro Mining, and Lockhart State School.
The Indigenous Gala, now in its third year, is an inspiring celebration of Indigenous culture and achievement featuring current and past Indigenous students sharing stories about their journey, their communities and their aspirations for the future. Highlights of the night included the Annual Indigenous Art Auction, live entertainment, fantastic raffle prizes and a silent and live auction.
Leann, a Bond University Indigenous Fellow, and Queensland’s most successful State of Origin coach and Rugby League Hall-of-Famer, Mal Meninga, participated in a live auction for ‘Lunch with a Legend’ in order to help Bond University raise money to support Indigenous scholarships and students.
Together they raised an impressive $7,000, with the highest bidder receiving an exclusive opportunity to join cousins Mal and Leann for a frank and free-ranging discussion over lunch, with insights into their childhood antics, career highlights, cultural perceptions and their shared commitment to facilitate better outcomes for Indigenous Australians.
Leann and Mal work together as co-Directors of Regional Economic Solutions, a frontline consultancy dedicated to fostering real collaboration between government, business and Indigenous Australians. They also mentor young people to expand cultural leadership and learning.
This year the Gala raised $364,000 towards funding Bond University’s ongoing commitment to its Indigenous Scholarship program., almost $100,000 more than last year! It also saw the university move past the magic million dollar mark as the accumulated fundraising total, which is an incredible achievement.
Leann was also invited to partake in a panelled discussion for a program titled ‘Awaken’ to be aired on National Indigenous Television (NITV). The show, which discussed the role of Indigenous education in transforming life and communities, was filmed immediately prior the Gala dinner and involved six other panellists including Ned David, Sibhoen Jackson, Wayne Butcher, Catherine O’Sullivan, Waverly Stanley and Biama Nona, from well-known Indigenous circles.
Pictured below left to right:
RES Director, Leann Wilson, and former CEO of Generation One and international Indigenous Didgeridoo player and dancer, Jeremy Donovan.
Ausenco CEO, Zimi Meka, and Edie Meka.
RES Director, Mal Maninga, and The Hon.Leeanne Enoch MP.