On this Desert2Surf trip seven members of the Joseph family participated in stand up paddling at Beswick Falls, a remote and very beautiful billabong with waterfalls, near the Wugulaar Community in the Northern Territory, Australia.
No one from the Joseph family had ever stand up paddled before and all family members thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
The teenage boys were asked to help with the logistics of the trip – carrying boards and other equipment, cooking lunch and watching out for the younger children – they demonstrated great enthusiasm and were highly motivated to help.
Desert2Surf will now liaise with the Wugulaar Community to track the teenagers’ commitment to school and Community life with a view to involving them in a surfing trip to Victoria.
The following Desert2Surf objectives for the Stand and Lead 2012 – Trip South were met: Desert2Surf generally promoted the physical and mental health and general welfare of young indigenous people living in isolated and disadvantaged communities Desert2Surf provided young indigenous people with the opportunity to travel outside their community and participate in activities conducive to their physical and mental health and well-being Desert2Surf assisted indigenous youth to develop communication and leadership skills to use in their communities.
Thank you for all the support you have given these communities in 2013 and we look forward to catching up with more trips in 2014.
All the best
On Sunday 22nd September, Desert2Surf when back to Beswick Falls, Australia for the Stand Up Paddling and Leadership trip. On this trip Adam Bostock and Michael Fuller took on leadership roles and facilitated a stand up paddling trip to Beswick Falls, a remote and very beautiful billabong with waterfalls, near the Wugulaar Community in the Northern Territory, Australia.
Being able to provide Adam and Michael with the opportunity to lead the two younger trip participants was a fantastic achievement for Desert2Surf. The older boys coached the younger children in stand up paddling, swimming and general water safety.
Prior to this trip and as mentioned in previous reports, Adam had already been a Desert2Surf leader but this was Michael’s first time. He did a great job and demonstrated a sound level of maturity and competence for the task. Desert2Surf can now look forward to both Adam and Michael leading future surfing trips to Victoria.
The stand up paddling built the younger 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 positive role modelling by Adam and Michael has immeasurable short and long benefits for the younger children.
Thank you for your support for this project and helping us to promote physical and mental health and general welfare of young indigenous people living in isolated and disadvantaged communities
Administration and Advocacy
I hope this report finds you well. In this report, I wanted to share with you how recent donations have been used to cover the cost of a range of activities, including a visit to Greening Australia’s Geelong office and grassland location, organised for the two remote, indigenous boys during the trip.
Greening Australia tackles critical issues like salinity, declining water quality, soil degradation, climate change and biodiversity loss through an innovative blend of practical experience, science and community engagement. They are dedicated to protecting Australia's heritage, its biodiversity and natural resources, putting back in a way that allows all Australians to be part of the climate change solution.
The (new) Greening Australia component of Trip South 2013 also had a fabulous impact not only on the boys but also on Desert2Surf. For Desert2Surf it forged a new relationship with the Limeburners Links project which promises to be rewarding and supportive into the future. It gave the boys the opportunity for meaningful communication in a hands-on setting where skills and stories were able to be shared. Giving the boys an opportunity to participate in a mainstream environmental project will hopefully have an enormous impact on the work they do in their Community.
Thank you, as always, for your continuing support for this project.
Charitable Trust manager
From Tuesday 19th March to the 26th March 2013, Desert2Surf ran another Stand and Lead program - Trip South 2013. Three indigenous boys from the remote Northern Territory community of Beswick (Wugularr) travelled south to surf and engage in cultural exchange activities
The greatest impact of the funding was being able to place Adam in a leadership role. For the duration of Stand and Lead – Trip South 2013 he saw himself as a leader and behaved accordingly. He was spokesperson for the group during all the cultural exchange activities and he managed to communicate with new people in a mature and thoughtful manner. Hopefully his growing confidence throughout Trip South 2013 will carry over into his role with the Roper Gulf Shire back in his Community.
The (new) AFL component of Trip South 2013 had a fantastic impact, not only on the boys but also on Desert2Surf. For Desert2Surf it forged a new relationship with the Melbourne Football Club which promises to be rewarding and supportive of D2S programs into the future. For the boys it was a once in a lifetime experience (which they handled with aplomb) which served to reinforce the boys’ sense of self-worth, capability and achievement.
Your donation helped Desert2Surf to achieve its goal of assisting indigenous youth to develop communication and leadership skills to use in their communities.To achieve its goal of providing young indigenous people with the opportunity to travel outside their community and participate in activities conducive to their physical and mental health and well-being. To achieve its goal of generally promoting the physical and mental health and general welfare of young indigenous people living in isolated and disadvantaged communities.
Thank you again for supporting this project. Did you know about GlobalGiving's Bonus Day? On June 12th 2013 from 9am EST till funds run our, GlobalGiving will be matching all donations to this project at 50%. Please consider sharing our story and helping us to make an additional difference today.
GVI Charitable Trust manager
Desert2Surf is currently gearing up for its first 2013 program. We are running another Stand and Lead program - Trip South 2013. Three indigenous boys from the remote Northern Territory community of Beswick (Wugularr) are traveling south to surf and engage in cultural exchange activities with Desert2Surf. All three boys have previously participated in stand up paddling sessions with Desert2Surf in their own community (2011 and 2012) at the beautiful Beswick Falls. The boys have finished secondary schooling are now part of the Roper Gulf Shire's Youth Services Program. They all unreservedly made a big commitment to the stand up paddling sessions. Over an extended period all three have also demonstrated high levels of commitment, reliability and skill development within the Youth Services Program.
The Youth Services Program involves, amongst other things, short course studies and when when we visited Beswick the boys were engaged in the establishment of a plant nursery. It was on the basis of Desert2Surf's experience with the boys and recommendations from the Roper Gulf Shire that these boys were chosen for Trip South 2013. Adam Bostock, the oldest of the three boys, is leading the trip and will become Desert2Surf's second 'official' leader. The Roper Gulf Shire is providing invaluable logistical support at the Darwin end by transporting the boys to and from the airport.
We look forward to reporting all about this trip in our next report! Thank you once again for all your support
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