Due to the incredible support this project has seen our local partners in Australia have been able to widen their horizons and look at new and exciting ways to engage and benefit Indigenous youth in Australia. One of the main aims of the project is to build leadership skills in the kids with whom we work, so the focus of this new initiative is leadership.
In July 2011 a leadership camp will be run at Edith falls (just out of Katherine in the northern territory) the indigenous children will be from two remote communities in the roper gulf shire (Ngukurr and Numbulwar). The kids will travel into Edith falls and receive two days of instruction which will include water safety, first aid and the skills of stand up paddling an inland alternative to surfing. We will all camp at Edith falls, having access to one of the most beautiful waterholes in the NT - which, by the way, we'll be sharing with freshwater crocs!
By camp's end, the new leaders will be competent stand up paddlers and ready to instruct younger kids back in their communities in stand up paddling. Our partner Desert 2 Surf is working on getting stand up paddle boards permanently located into both communities, at the moment we have one permanently located in Katherine which is shared around the communities.
This is a very exciting step and we look forward to sharing news of its progress, thank you to everyone who has supported this project!
Recently our local partner Desert2Surf supported by the NT’s Roper Gulf Shire, was represented in Woorrangalook (the Koori Surfing Titles) at Urquarts Bluff on Victoria’s West Coast. Sixteen year old Peter Farrell, from the remote indigenous community of Beswick, competed in the under 18 section of the competition. Peter won the visitor’s category with three great rides. Peter was selected as a worthy candidate for the trip from the Roper Gulf Shire’s diversionary youth program in Katherine. Peter had never been to the surf before and competed in the event after just three surfing lessons with Desert2Surf in the days leading up to the competition. A natural, he stood up in his first lesson and went on to carve up the waves with poise and daring.
The surfing lessons provided by this project clearly got Peter across the line in the competition, we hope to involve more youth from remote indigenous communities in the 2012 event.
Thank you to everyone who has supported this project, your donations are helping these indigenous youth to enjoy new experiences whilst growing in confidence.
Recently a group of Indigenous children from remote communities were invited to try their hand at painting donated surfboards in the Roper Gulf Shire and then have a go at stand up paddling for the first time, Stand up paddling is a great alternative on the clear croc free inland waters! Locally renowned artist, Wesley Willaker, conceived different water designs involving the children to add these to the donated boards. These display only boards will be auctioned off soon, watch this site for details.
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