binar at a glance
Binar is the Noongar word for meteor – when the Spirit Mother’s children on Earth are in need of help, she sends her star children home in the form of meteors
Binar began in 2011 as one local basketball team of six Indigenous youths supported by our founder Adam Desmond
Binar has grown to now having over 1,400 young people (85% Aboriginal) involved in the Perth Metro area and surrounds
Our programs now include Education, Leadership, Employment and Culture
More than this, we have become a support system and extended family to everyone involved
Binar has been sustained as a grassroots organisation by a huge effort from volunteers and philanthropic donations from individuals and local businesses
Our story speaks to a culture that values community, family, and connection to country
For Aboriginal youth to build positive futures for themselves, their families, communities and culture
To engage Aboriginal youth, promote healthier lives, and develop more resilient and empowered young people who can build positive futures
what we value
Bringing people into contact with Aboriginal culture reinforces identity, builds pride and confidence for our Aboriginal youth. Representing Binar carries the privilege and responsibility of honouring our own culture.
Our relationships are founded on respect for others and ourselves. By being respectful with one another, we have built a solid reputation for being trustworthy and culturally safe.
Binar helps young people build resilience in all aspects of their life. We encourage them to ask for help when they need it, look after one another and power through adversity. We recognise we are stronger together.
Binar values Aboriginal people's connection to family, community and country. Connection brings a sense of belonging that we extend to all Binar members regardless of their background.
We believe everyone deserves equity of opportunity to become the best person they can be. We strive to provide opportunities to young people that would otherwise be inaccessible to them.
Our athletes are a testament to what can be achieved with encouragement and support, in spite of many having experienced significant life challenges. They are deeply invested in team success and motivated to pursue healthy lifestyles that lead to important outcomes within and beyond sport. Mental health follows from physical exertion, positive experiences of working with a team and encountering respect and support from those around them.
Binar provides players with a place to go that is unconditionally safe and welcoming. With a stable foundation, young people are able to focus on creating positive change in their lives. We encourage community-mindedness, mentoring and activities that promote a future where our members grow stronger as a unit and provide one another with support.
With this initiative, our goal is to promote opportunities for those in need. With access to the right resources, people can become empowered by their own abilities and gain the confidence to fulfil their potential. Our weekly homework classes allow students to raise questions they may be tentative to ask in school and to receive individualised attention. We partner with universities and employment service providers to facilitate education and career pathways and help our young people become job ready.
“It's all about finding something that the kids believe in and enjoy, that gives them a foundation for healthy living and a healthy mind, gives them a focus on becoming the sort of young person who can make a positive difference for themselves and society.
And Binar passes along the simple philosophy of Each One, Teach One. That's Binar's legacy”
CAL BRUTON Former NBL Player & Coach
“At school, the teachers don't talk to us much. Binar homework classes are fun because we get to play games while we learn”
MIA Age 11, Binar Player
“My kids went over to Malaysia for a tournament and the experience was fantastic. The connections they've made with the other kids, and the love for the game itself, have just had such an impact. It's made them realise that sports can take you places if you put in the hard work, if you're dedicated and you participate”
MARGIE COYNE Binar Parent
“Binar is always going to be a safe place for young people. The tours that they go on, and the opportunities that basketball gives them.. well, there's not a lot of people doing that, and Adam just has the biggest heart”
TAHLIA KELLY Binar Coach
“On Friday nights, kids can come play basketball instead of doing something that might not be as good of a choice. And Binar teaches them teamwork and respect. The work Adam is doing inspires me to keep working with these kids. And feeling like I need to be a good role model for them has made me a better person as well”
Binar Player since 2011 and current Volunteer
“Absolutely Awesome . . . a lot of very solid work being put into the development of Aboriginal children, teenagers and adults, to provide stronger self esteem and positive exposure in the general community. This is not just about sport, it is altogether about community. A great job being done by great people”