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.
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.
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
Happy New Year. Thanks to your support in 2012, the Stand and Lead project has had another successful year. Your donations helped helped Desert2Surf to achieve its goal of assisting indigenous youth to develop communication and leadership skills to use in their communities. It helped Desert2Surf 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. Desert2Surf also achieved its goal of generally promoting the physical and mental health and general welfare of young indigenous people living in isolated and disadvantaged communities
The Stand and Lead 2012 – Trip South also built the younger girls’ self confidence, self esteem and self belief.The challenge and fun of surfing, in a safe and supported environment, that all three girls experienced had a huge impact in the short, and hopefully, longer term. All three girls are very keen to surf again and are more than willing to fulfil any Desert2Surf requirements in order to participate in future trips. One requirement is regular school attendance and commitment to their education generally.
As we mentioned in a previous report, one of our girls, Rebecca, has been involved in five Desert2Surf trips. Her first trip was in 2008 when she learned to surf at Torquay. Being able to place Rebecca in a leadership role for the duration of Stand and Lead 2012 – Trip South was a fantastic achievement for Desert2Surf. She saw herself as a leader and behaved accordingly. She managed the younger participants in a caring and adult way, she became spokesperson for the group during the school visit and she was a fabulous role model for the younger girls during the surfing. Throughout the trip Rebecca demonstrated increasing capabilities, in many ways, and hopefully she will be able to apply this in her community life.
Stand and Lead 2012 was a great success again this year- Desert2Surf's second stand up paddle session at Beswick Falls with indigenous youth from the Beswick Community. In July 2011 Desert2Surf, in partnership with the Roper Gulf Shire, conducted the Stand and Lead Project in Beswick. Beswick lies 110 kms south-east of Katherine on the Central Arnhem Highway, in the Northern Territory, Australia.
The youth leaders involved in Stand and Lead took to stand up paddling flawlessly and on the second day of the project were able to demonstrate their leadership abilities by passing on the skill to younger members of the Beswick Community. The youth leaders are now set to travel south for some outdoor adventure and cultural exchange with Desert2Surf on Victoria’s West Coast in 2012.
The charitable trust donations enabled these sessions, so thank you. By running trips which engage participants in fun, challenging and empowering recreational activities such as surfing we aim to promote the physical and mental health and wellbeing of indigenous youth from disadvantaged communities.
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