In late 2021, The Armadillo Foundation expanded their remit to partner with the Stars Foundation in Australia. The Stars Foundation was established in 2015 to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls nationwide, attend school, complete year 12 and transition to tertiary study or the workforce.
Ashanti Bush, Stars Graduate
Time in Stars
2018 – 2020 at Casuarina Senior College, Darwin
What impact did Stars Foundation have on your life?
Stars helped me a lot during my schooling and out of schooling. The program helped me get through a lot of things; they have been a big part of my life. They were always there for me and the support they gave me was unbelievable. I would like to thank Stars for everything they have done for me. They helped me get to where I am today.
What are you doing now that you’ve graduated?
I am playing for the Gold Coast Suns in the AFLW.
Were you always interested in playing AFL?
I was interested, but I didn’t think I would be here right now at this level! My journey to AFLW was through doing some NT Thunder Academy camps and the NAB League Academy. After all that, I got named in the draft to start getting ready for the AFLW. Being part of the Gold Coast Suns Academy has helped me get through to where I am now as a player.
Who inspires you?
The people who inspire me most are my grandfather, my older sister, and my teammates. My Stars mentors have also inspired and helped me with everything during my schooling and are still inspiring and supporting me to this day.