Trisha and Sharleena
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!