BINAR Sports, which started as a charity to offer indigenous children the opportunity to play basketball is now widening its scope to include an after-school homework space.
The idea is that children get to play basketball on a specially made court at a Bellevue home but are encouraged through mentors to finish their homework first.
Binar Sports receives some funding from GIVIT – a national, innovative, online organisation matching real community needs and urgent requests for goods and services with the resources of donors.
This week GIVIT welcomed a $642,000 Morrison Government grant to grow its national indigenous support program over the next two years.
Founder and chief executive officer Juliette Wright said the funding would enable GIVIT to specifically support indigenous services by providing essential items to improve the general health and well-being of indigenous Australians.
“We are grateful for the support of the Department of Health because GIVIT can now reach into indigenous networks and let them know there is an easy way to meet the needs of their community,” she said.
The organisation works collaboratively with trusted, service providers to make an impact and Binar Sports is just one example of a not-for-profit already using the service.
“Binar Sports started as a charity to offer indigenous children the opportunity to play basketball and is now widening its scope to overall well-being.
“Part of this includes setting up an after school homework space, which GIVIT has helped source equipment for.”
The new Binar homework space now has a charging trolley for iPads, a collection of iPads, a printer, portable whiteboard, pens and stationery, all sourced through GIVIT’s online platform.
Binar founder Adam Desmond said the setting up of the space had provided the children a safe, comfortable environment to allow them to learn, gain confidence and create good study habits.
“Having the right equipment, being able to search the internet for research, type assignments and print off the work they are doing has up until this point not been accessible to many of these kids,” he said.
“I believe for many of the kids this will start to become an enjoyable way of learning and we hope to help them feel pride in completing their work.”
Indigenous Health Minister Ken Wyatt said the Binar program would help some of the children become national or international champions.
“All of us, when we are given a hand up, it counts for so much, and when it is given from the heart it is so important,’’ he said.
“I know that the GIVIT commitment will mean changes that governments can’t bring because it’s brought by a community working with somebody who walks with them.”