Halls Creek girls singing for their Chinese supper

Two Halls Creek girls – Petra Foynes, 14, and Khailey Malay-Martin, 13 – are now in China after being selected from the Girls from Oz Program to perform at Australia Week celebrations in Shenzhen.

The pair were invited by the Pilbara Regional Council to join 10 members of the Australian Girls Choir to sing at the EAST x WEST Forum in Shenzhen, which started on April 8.

G-Oz is a not-for-profit working with Aboriginal girls and young women in regional and remote areas of Australia to provide high quality Performing Arts education and life enhancing opportunities to students who might otherwise not receive it.

G-Oz aims to raise the capacity of young women to set and achieve life goals and make meaningful choices. It is also about helping to grow and nurture educated, confident, independent, happy and skilled young women.

Both Petra and Khailey have been active participants of the program since the organisation’s first visit to Halls Creek in 2009. They have benefited tremendously from a high level of engagement and encouragement, with Petra and Khailey having previously visited Perth with the G-Oz travel program to perform with the AGC at the Perth Concert Hall.

Khailey was also delighted to have the opportunity to meet G-Oz’s Patron, the former Australian Governor-General, Dame Quentin Bryce, in Perth last year.

The EastxWest Forum is a biennial event established by the Local Governments of Australia’s North West and will be the first time that Petra and Khailey will travel overseas. They will sing in a combined appearance with the AGC and the Shenzhen University Choir, undoubtedly a unique cultural and performance experience for all involved.

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