Inspire and empower Indigenous youth in Australia

by Action Change (Formerly GVI Trust)
Inspire and empower Indigenous youth in Australia
Inspire and empower Indigenous youth in Australia
Inspire and empower Indigenous youth in Australia
Inspire and empower Indigenous youth in Australia
Inspire and empower Indigenous youth in Australia
Inspire and empower Indigenous youth in Australia
Inspire and empower Indigenous youth in Australia
Inspire and empower Indigenous youth in Australia
Inspire and empower Indigenous youth in Australia
Inspire and empower Indigenous youth in Australia
Inspire and empower Indigenous youth in Australia
Inspire and empower Indigenous youth in Australia

Dear Supporters, 

As a volunteer organization run by people who are fully engaged in employment or child-rearing, we are unable to put energy into both running programs and fund-raising for programs. We operate on the smell of an oily rag, and what we do is very limited in a range of ways.

Desert2surf has awesome relationships with a number of remote communities in the Katherine area in the Northern Territory, and we have excellent connections with the surf industry on Victoria’s West Coast, which have enabled us to offer amazing experiences to very disadvantaged children for ten years now. However, we are running out of steam!

There are some seriously deserving people who we still want to bring down to Victoria, but right now that is looking increasingly unlikely.

One of the families that we are most connected with has just spent months living in tents (with other families) by the local billabong at Minyerri without toilets or showers or kitchens while their houses are being renovated (http://www.ntnews.com.au/news/northern-territory/displaced-minyerri-residents-forced-to-live-in-squalor-in-billabong-camps-after-housing-upgrade-fail/news-story/2f95879e5e20f2767602b73b3c05f86a). Three desert-2-surfers visited these families back in July during our last Trip North, taking kids from that encampment stand-up paddling at another Billabong 25km down the track. (One reason why we don’t SUP at the local billabong is because there is cultural shame attached to what would be a very public activity.) The little family group who we want to bring down next to Victoria were living in those tents.

All the best, 

Desert2Surf 

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Stand and Lead 2017
Stand and Lead 2017

Dear Supporters, 

We have recently used your donations to contribute towards the 2017 Stand and Lead trip. 

As well as enabling Desert2Surf to teach trip participants to stand up paddle, 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 stand up paddling at Ballaglen built the participant’s self-confidence, self-esteem and self- belief and every participant expressed a desire to fulfil any Desert2Surf requirements in order to participate in future trips. One requirement is regular school/work attendance and commitment to their education generally.

One previous Desert2Surf trip participant and leader, Marcianne, engaged in discussions with Desert2Surf and Minyerri adults around leading Trip South 2017. Trip South 2017 would entail youth from Minyerri visiting Victoria to go surfing in December. One Minyerri adult, Maryanne, expressed a wish to chaperone/lead Trip South 2017 with Marcianne.

Desert2Surf had been liaising with the Teachabout school program manager since Stand and Lead 2016, to organise another co-facilitated stand-up paddle session at Ballaglen in 2017. However, due to unanticipated delayed NAIDOC celebrations, this did not eventuate. The connection to this organisation is important and Desert2Surf will continue to cultivate this relationship and look forward to future collaborations.

The Desert2Surf team also travelled to Barunga and Beswick Communities, the sites of previous D2S trips. It was a valuable opportunity to reconnect with individuals in these communities and consolidate relationships.

Perhaps the most significant aspect of Stand and Lead 2017 was the inclusion of two new and fabulous Desert2Surf volunteers, Fi and Jessie. Desert2Surf hugely appreciated their contribution on this trip and hopes to share many more trips with them in the future.

Thank you for your continued support!

With Gratitude,
Desert2Surf 

Learning to balance!
Learning to balance!
Getting the hang of things!
Getting the hang of things!
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2015 Stand and Lead trip
2015 Stand and Lead trip

Dear Supporters, 

Whilst Desert2Surf is currently financially unable to run many of its regular trips, such as Stand and Lead and the Trip South, its members have been active in the community building partnerships and relationships.

1. Desert2Surf and the Institute of Koorie Education

On Monday 1st May three Desert2Surf members met with the coordinator of the Institute of Koorie Education at Deakin University in Waurn Ponds, Victoria. The Institute of Koorie Education provides uniquely structured degree courses which cater for the needs of regional and remote Indigenous students. The degree courses include fields such as nursing, teaching, social work, natural & cultural resource management and law.

Part of their study involves students travelling to Deakin University six times each year, from their regional and remote communities, for intensive two-week tutorial blocks.

The Institute of Koorie Education provides a range of specialist support services for students when they are on-campus. These services aim to help students acquire and use those skills, attitudes and resources they need in order to gain maximum educational and personal benefit from their time at Deakin University.

Institute of Koorie Education personnel are very keen to bring Desert2Surf on board to provide challenging, motivating and fun outdoor recreational activities for students during their on-campus visits. Surfing, abseiling and cross-country skiing are among the activities that Desert2Surf can offer. Knowing the incredible value that these outdoor experiences bring to indigenous youth, Desert2Surf is very keen to get on board!

A proposal is currently being prepared to commence the partnership process between the Institute of Koorie Education and Desert2Surf.

2. Desert2Surf and Volunteers

Desert2Surf was recently approached by two delightful young people who are keen to become volunteers. After attending Desert2Surf’s 2016 art exhibition and fundraiser - Making Desert Dreams Come True – Michael and Fi resolved to find a way to get involved with and make a positive commitment to Desert2Surf.

As well as offering to contribute their time and enthusiasm on Desert2Surf trips, they have made a proposal to assist with fundraising using online Crowdfunding, with which they have experience.

3. Desert2Surf and Trip Planning

Traditionally, Desert2Surf runs a winter program (Stand and Lead) and a summer program (Trip South) each year. However, due to resourcing constraints, we may have to run only one trip this year, choosing between the two. The Stand and Lead trips are really valuable in reconnecting with families and communities and selecting participants for Trip South. The Trip South trips are also really valuable because they offer kids from remote communities a chance to enjoy experiences that mainstream kids take for granted. We hope to make a concrete decision soon.

Thank you for your continued support. 

With Gratitude, 
Desert2Surf

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Trisha and Sharleena
Trisha and Sharleena

Dear Supporters, 

During the period from Trip South 2016 (December 2016) until now (March 2017) Desert2Surf has had no trips/activity to report. The main reason for this lack of activity was that only AU$137 remained in Desert2Surf’s bank account by the end of 2016. 

However, unexpectedly and wonderfully, The GVI Trust has recently notified Desert2Surf of the arrival of more funding- this funding has come directly from you, our generous donors here on GlobalGiving! At this stage, the funding will go directly into Trip South 2017. In Trip South 2017 a number (depending on funding closer to the time) of indigenous youth from the remote Northern Territory will travel to Victoria to engage in a surfing and cultural exchange program. This will occur in late November/early December when the weather is Victoria is mild enough for the Territorians.

Desert2Surf is incredibly relieved and excited that the funding has become available. It will enable us to focus more heavily on the leadership component of its program this year. Given that all three Trip South 2016 participants (Wyonna, Samuel and Marcianne) presented as enthusiastic, competent and impressive leaders, the plan is to structure Trip South 2017 so that one of girls becomes the leader/chaperone for some younger participants.

The younger participants were noted on Desert2Surf’s Stand and Lead 2016 trip to Minyerri Community. The hope is these girls will be available for trip South in 2017. The girls (Trisha, Sharleena and Shanika) are pictured below and will be a great age to be led/chaperoned by either Marcianne or Wyonna.

Conducting Stand and Lead 2017 would, amongst many other things, really ensure the success of Trip South 2017. However, this will require significant extra funding. Fortunately, the relationships between all participants and Desert2Surf and the associated communities are very strong and indicate the likelihood of a fantastic Trip South 2017 for these remote and disadvantaged youth who are so deserving.

Thank you so much for your support, which has given us renewed hope that we will be able to conduct a Trip South this year!

With Gratitude, 
Desert2Surf

Shanika
Shanika
Wyonna
Wyonna
Marcianne
Marcianne
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Three participants joined us in Melbourne!
Three participants joined us in Melbourne!

Dear Supporters, 

We are so pleased that we were able to end 2016 off on such a high note!

We managed to bring 3 Australians down from the Northern Territory to Melbourne thanks to you and your donations! From the 3-7 December, we hosted Marcianne, Samuel and Wyonna in Melbourne, taking them surfing and engaging them in various cultural activities. It really was an amazing week!

Samuel and Wyonna live in a place called Gorge Camp, which is 20km east of Katherine. Marcianne lives in Minyerr, 270km south of Katherine. All three of them have previously attended our Stand and Lead trips and have done stand up paddling with us before. Samuel and Wyonna have even been surfing with us before!

Samuel helped us with all of the travel arrangements including all bus trips between Katherine and Darwin, all taxi arrangements and payments in Darwin, and timely arrival and check in for flights at Darwin airport. Marcianne was the (stand out) leader during the surfing. She was first into her wetsuit before helping the others, she was first to get a board off the car and help the others with carrying to the beach, she was first to be ready for the beach lesson and assisted the others with technique practice, she was first into (and last out of) the water and overflowed with encouragement for the others as they embraced the art of riding the waves.

The surfing at Point Road Knight built the participant’s self-confidence, self-esteem and self-belief and every participant expressed a desire to fulfil any Desert2Surf requirements in order to participate in future trips. These requirements include regular school attendance, a commitment to their employment and training and a commitment to making healthy life choices. All trip participants commented that they wished Trip South 2016 could run for at least a week longer!

Providing trip participants with the opportunity to engage with an organisation, a school in Victoria and family facilitated positive cultural exchange. Desert2Surf also organised a visit to a small organic farm in Warburton for trip participants to meet the property’s delightful owners and take a tour. Desert2Surf’s aim with the cultural exchange of this kind is to build on trip participants’ ability to successfully navigate the mainstream.

Thank you for your support this year which made this trip possible!

With Gratitude, 
Desert2Surf

Getting the hang of the waves
Getting the hang of the waves
Fun times in the sea!
Fun times in the sea!
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Action Change (Formerly GVI Trust)

Location: London - United Kingdom
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Carly Kruyer
London, London United Kingdom

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