On this Desert2Surf trip two seventeen year old girls from the remote Northern Territory town of Katherine, travelled south to Victoria to go surfing and engage in cultural exchange activities.
May, mother of Naomi and aunt of Kyana, chaperoned the girls for the duration of the trip. May is a respected and exemplary member of the Katherine community. May and her husband Norm, model excellent family and community values. Desert2Surf was privileged to have May participate in the trip. Not only did she provide very positive feedback on the trip’s organisation and objectives, she also acculturated Desert2Surf members vis a vis many aspects of the indigenous way of life.
The surfing built the participants’ self-confidence, self-esteem and self-belief and both girls expressed a desire to fulfil any Desert2Surf requirements in order to participate in future trips as leaders. These requirements include regular school attendance, a commitment to their education generally and a commitment to making healthy life choices.
Partnering with the Australian swimwear brand, Neontide, for one day of this trip provided outstanding opportunities for the girls to engage in further activities that promoted both their physical and mental health. The activities included yoga and a life class where life goals were explored in a fun and appropriately ‘hands on’ manner.
The trip also enabled May to connect with two Victorian artists (glass artist Rob Hayley and screen printer Nick Morris) both of whom generously shared their techniques and business advice with her. Desert2Surf also facilitated May meeting with the Victorian Women’s Trust and the Koori Women Mean Business group. Attending these meetings meant that May was able to establish a strong support network to assist with her proposed business venture in the Northern Territory which aims to provide creative employment pathways for indigenous youth in Katherine.
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Thanks to the generous support of GlobalGiving supporters and the amazing people at Silicon Valley Community Foundation and vmWare, the team at Desert2surf have been able to organise another Trip South for the community!
For this trip, we have two girls who will be joining the Desert2surf team. We are pretty excited about partnering with NeonTide for this trip. NeonTide is an Australian swimwear brand. It is decking out the trip participants in its new swimwear lines and to quote NeonTide "spoiling the girls rotten" on the Saturday. We have also set up a meeting with two organisations - Koorie Women Mean Business (http://www.kwmb.org.au/text/statement.htm) and The Victorian Women’s Trust (http://vwt.org.au/) in order for the trip participants to explore some future business pathways. May is a glass artist and Naomi dreams of getting into modelling. As well we have a session planned for May with a renowned glass-blower from St Andrews.
The Trip South 2014 was a huge success. Your donations covered the total cost for our two 12 year old boys we mentioned in our last report (Gregory and Victor) and one adult, from a remote indigenous community in the Northern Territory, to participate in the Desert2Surf trip - Trip South 2014.
As per our previous report, we had hoped Gregory's mother, Maryanne, would join the trip. She was unable to this time, however Samuel, father of Gregory and uncle of Victor, chaperoned the boys for the duration of the trip. Samuel is a respected and exemplary Community member. He is in line to be an Elder of his Community. He and his wife both have jobs and hold positions of responsibility within the Minyerri Community. They model excellent family and community values. Desert2Surf was privileged to have Samuel participate in the trip and provide very positive feedback on the trip’s organisation and objectives
These costs included:
As well as enabling Desert2Surf to teach trip participants to surf, the donation also facilitated Desert2Surf in providing trip participants with experiences which mainstream children take for granted. Ultimately Desert2Surf aims to build the capacity of remote and disadvantaged indigenous youth by building their self-confidence and physical skills while nurturing their leadership qualities.
The surfing built the children’s self-confidence, self-esteem and self-belief and both expressed a desire to fulfil any Desert2Surf requirements in order to participate in future trips. One requirement is regular school attendance and commitment to their education generally.
The trip also involved the boys to visit a mainstream school in Melbourne, Victoria. The school visit facilitated a rewarding cultural exchange experience. The boys thoroughly enjoyed meeting the Kinglake Primary School students and being included in their classroom and playground activities.
Thank you for supporting this project and making this trip happen. We are now excitedly planning our next trip; Stand and Lead 2014.
Desert2suft and GVI Charitable Trust
It's that time of the year! The approaching trip – Trip South 2014 – involves two twelve year old boys from a remote, indigenous community in the Northern Territory travelling to Victoria to surf and to engage in cultural exchange activities.
The two boys – Gregory and Victor - were selected for Trip South 2014 based on the following criteria:
Part of the Trip South 2014 planning is that Gregory’s mother, Maryanne, will accompany the boys. Maryanne is an exemplary Community member. Gregory’s father is in line to be an Elder of his Community. Both have jobs and hold positions of responsibility within the Minyerri Community. They model excellent family and community values. Maryanne has never flown in an aeroplane or travelled outside of the Northern Territory.
The Minyerri Council is very supportive of Desert2Surf and welcomes the opportunities it provides to Minyerri Community members. As well as facilitating communication between Desert2Surf and the trip participants during the planning phase, it also provides essential logistical support when trips are running.
As well as teaching trip participants to surf, Desert2Surf provides experiences which mainstream children take for granted. Ultimately Desert2Surf aims to build the capacity of remote and disadvantaged indigenous youth by building their self-confidence and physical skills while nurturing their leadership qualities.
Thank you for giving Gregory and Victor this opportunity.
Desert2Suft & GVI Charitable Trust
It has been a quiet beginning of the year but we are working towards our next trip! The Desert2Surf team are currently trying to organise for two 12 year old boys, from a remote community in the NT who previously stand up paddled with D2S, to visit Melbourne paid for by your donations for surfing, football and a school visit, possibly accompanied by their mother.
Once we have this trip confirmed, we will be in touch to do a little introduction about the boys and talk about the plans for the trip.
We have also been seeing some great community support for Desert2 surf and the work being done. The CEO of their Community has been is touch, confirming his support of the trips, which is fantastic and helps the trip and project to gain momentum and become a reality!
Thank you for continuing to support this project.
GVI Charitable Trust and Desert2surf
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