South Perth not-for-profit to provide scarves for Qantas


(Back) Sidonie Maher (16) of One Arm Point and Telisha McGinty (17) of Halls Creek; (front) Amanda Healy (Aboriginal Entrepreneur and founder of the Kirrikin brand). Picture: David Baylis
(Back) Sidonie Maher (16) of One Arm Point and Telisha McGinty (17) of Halls Creek; (front) Amanda Healy (Aboriginal Entrepreneur and founder of the Kirrikin brand). Picture: David Baylis

SOUTH Perth Aboriginal entrepreneur Amanda Healy is flying high after signing an agreement with a not-for-profit organisation to encourage young Indigenous people to get involved with the business.

The agreement between Ms Healy’s luxury accessories company Kirrikin and Midland organisation AUSUM Initiatives will allow young people to gain work experience in the areas of sales, merchandising and packaging.

The partnership comes after Kirrikin’s agreement to supply bespoke scarves to Qantas from November 2016, which will see two customised designs become available on departing flights from Australia as part of the airline’s duty free sales.

Ms Healy said she had been involved with AUSUM Initiatives in 2012 after meeting the organisation through the Small Business Development Corporation.

“I developed a relationship with them and got started volunteering through one of their entrepreneur program,” she said.

“The idea behind the agreement came after the Qantas deal, I was struggling to do everything at home and so I needed some help.

“The logistics still need to be worked out; it will likely be something the kids can do after school.”

AUSUM Initiatives chief executive officer Liz Prescott said she was the thrilled her organisation signed up to the partnership.

“It’s a real win-win for both organisations; Ausum has the opportunity to place a number of at-risk youth into meaningful work placements, and Kirrikin gains the services of a professional and well-established indigenous organisation to service the needs of its new client, Qantas,” she said.

“As well as being popular with tourists, Kirrikin’s stunningly designed products are ideal Australian gifts, particularly as client gifts, because they represent indigenous art at its most beautiful.”