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Commonwealth Games hopeful Josh Ross spreads the Unlimited Potential message in Newcastle

8 February, 2006 | Archived Post
Local sprint star Mr Josh Ross visits Yarnteen to inspire indigenous Newcastle kids to realise their potential


Newcastle, AustraliaWednesday, 8 February 2006 — Mr Josh Ross today took time out from his Commonwealth Games training to visit the Microsoft supported Yarnteen/Youloe-ta Centre to share his experience and encourage members to learn all they can about technology.

The Yarnteen group has been running IT courses over the past few years through its community centre with the assistance of Microsoft’s Unlimited Potential Program. The centre works with business in the Hunter and the Indigenous community to create employment pathways for local Indigenous people.

Microsoft’s Unlimited Potential programme provides a AU$40 million software and cash donation over five years to build a network of community technology learning centres, such as Yarnteen, around Australia.

The centres provide access to technology training, advice and support, enabling people to develop their skills and expand links to their communities irrespective of race, economic background, age or personal circumstances.

Mr Josh Ross, an indigenous Novocastrian, said he was honoured to support the UP Centre, as it played an important role in providing the right training and skills to create new employment and social opportunities for the indigenous community.“I couldn’t have reached my sporting goals without the support of positive people and access to the right equipment.

“The same goes for the kids here, the Microsoft Yarnteen UP Centre is providing access to technology and a supportive environment so they have the best chance of success, ” said Mr Ross.

Mr Ross was present at the centre to support the entrants in the ‘Realising Potential Through Teamwork’ competition. Members at the Yarnteen Centre are participating in the competition, which requires entrants to create a multimedia presentation about teamwork using skills they have learnt at the centre. Winners of the competition will receive an expenses-paid trip for two to the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, where Microsoft is the Official Technology partner.

Ms Beth Worrall, Microsoft Australia Community Affairs Manager, said, ““Teamwork and success is what underpins the Microsoft Unlimited Potential programme, which aims to give all Australians access to technology and technology training to help them have a more active role in the community whether it iw.”

“Locally the Yarnteen group, with support from Microsoft, has placed more than 200 indigenous Australians into traineeships and apprenticeships since 1998,” Ms Worrall said.

In 2006, Microsoft Australia will assist over 150,000 Australians realise their potential through the Unlimited Potential programme.

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