By Sophie Birkett | Head of Operations, Charitable Trust
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.
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
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.
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