Project #6720

Inspire and empower Indigenous youth in Australia

by Global Vision International Charitable Trust
Jessica and Abie getting the hang of the paddling.
Jessica and Abie getting the hang of the paddling.

Dear Supporter, 

The approaching trip, Trip South 2015, involves two fourteen-year-old girls and a nineteen-year-old woman from remote, indigenous communities in the Northern Territory travelling to Victoria to surf and to engage in cultural exchange activities.

The two younger girls, Jessica and Abie, were selected for Trip South 2015 based on the following criteria:

  • They demonstrated enthusiasm and initiative when they participated in stand up paddling sessions with Desert2Surf at Copperfield Dam earlier this year.
  • Due to geographical isolation they are seriously disadvantaged in terms of access to and availability of recreational and sporting opportunities. Jessica lives at Gorge Camp which is located 30km east of Katherine, which is itself a small and isolated town in the Northern Territory. Her cousin Abie lives in Elliott which is significantly more isolated than Gorge Camp lying 536km south of Katherine.
  • The girls are excellent students whose school attendance is impeccable and who try their very best with all their school work.

Part of the Trip South 2015 planning is that Jessica’s sister/Abie’s cousin, Wyonna, will lead the trip. Wyonna is an exemplary Gorge Community member and a wonderful role model for the younger girls. Wyonna has participated in several Desert2Surf trips, in the Northern Territory, previously.

Having finished high school in Katherine two years ago she has been employed by the Nitmiluk National Park – Parks and Wildlife Commission NT as a tour guide in the dry season. She is fully committed to her job brings great pride to her family/community. She has admirable career aspirations and Desert2Surf hopes that the opportunity to lead Trip South 2015 will shore up both her personal and career goals.

We are really looking forward to this trip, scheduled to start on 22 November, and look forward to showing Jessica, Abie and Wyonna Melbourne and Anglesea where they will be surfing, participating in school visits, sightseeing and cultural exchanges. Things that most youth take for granted. 

Thanks for your donations, which make live changing trips like this possible!

With Gratitude, 

Deb, Desert2Surf

The 3 young women got the hang of it!
The 3 young women got the hang of it!


Dear Supporter, 

In June 2015, Desert2Surf embarked on an epic trip to three remote and disadvantaged communities in the Northern Territory, Australia. 

The three communities that we went to this year were Wugularr, Minyerri and Gorge Camp. In total, we took out 22 participants to billabongs in the general vicinity of the communities. The donations were used to supply transport, equipment, food and drinks throughout the day.

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.During the sessions we instruct the participants in stand up paddling, we encourage team building throughout the day and engage them in leadership activities.  

As well as having a day of great fun in the water, the stand up paddling sessions build all of the participant’s self-confidence, self-esteem and self-belief. Every participant expressed a desire to fulfil any Desert2Surf requirements in order to participate in future trips. Some of these requirements are regular school attendance and commitment to their education generally.

We met participants who are great candidates for our trip down South at the end of the year and are very eager to see how they grow and progress as both team players and leaders in the coming months. 

Thank you for your generous support that allows us to provide opportunities, skills and fun to communities that are largely ignored. 

With Gratitude, 

GVI-Charitable Trust


2014 Youth Surfing Group
2014 Youth Surfing Group

Dear Supporter,

In conjunction with our newest partners Neontide, Desert2Surf has begun its annual fundraising campaign for our December 2015 Trip South. This trip brings three indigenous youth from remote and disadvantaged communities in the NT to Victoria for a week of surfing and cultural exchange. The trip allows small groups of youth aged between 12-18 to participate in challenging and fun outdoor activities in Victoria as well as in and around their own community. During the trip, we also place a strong emphasis on developing the leadership and personal skills of the youth.

Earlier this year we had an online raffle where donators had the chance to win some fantastic prizes. First prize was a 6'6 Gnaraloo Soft Surfboard, NeonTide Voucher, two surf lessons, Desert2Surf Body Board Membership (which gets the winner invited to our members only events), original indigenous canvas, Desert2Surf pack, and a Coastalwatch Plus 12 Month Digital Subscription. 

This first campaign was a great success, thank you to everyone who donated and a big congratulations to our winner Terrie!

Thank you for your continued support on this project.

All the best

GVI Chartiable Trust


Dear Supporter,

On this Desert2Surf trip two seventeen year old girls from the remote Northern Territory town of Katherine, travelled south to Victoria to go surfing and engage in cultural exchange activities.

May, mother of Naomi and aunt of Kyana, chaperoned the girls for the duration of the trip. May is a respected and exemplary member of the Katherine community. May and her husband Norm, model excellent family and community values. Desert2Surf was privileged to have May participate in the trip. Not only did she provide very positive feedback on the trip’s organisation and objectives, she also acculturated Desert2Surf members vis a vis many aspects of the indigenous way of life.

The surfing built the participants’ self-confidence, self-esteem and self-belief and both girls expressed a desire to fulfil any Desert2Surf requirements in order to participate in future trips as leaders. These requirements include regular school attendance, a commitment to their education generally and a commitment to making healthy life choices.

Partnering with the Australian swimwear brand, Neontide, for one day of this trip provided outstanding opportunities for the girls to engage in further activities that promoted both their physical and mental health. The activities included yoga and a life class where life goals were explored in a fun and appropriately ‘hands on’ manner.

The trip also enabled May to connect with two Victorian artists (glass artist Rob Hayley and screen printer Nick Morris) both of whom generously shared their techniques and business advice with her. Desert2Surf also facilitated May meeting with the Victorian Women’s Trust and the Koori Women Mean Business group. Attending these meetings meant that May was able to establish a strong support network to assist with her proposed business venture in the Northern Territory which aims to provide creative employment pathways for indigenous youth in Katherine.

Thank you for supporting this program.

All the best



Dear Supporter,

Thanks to the generous support of GlobalGiving supporters and the amazing people at Silicon Valley Community Foundation and vmWare, the team at Desert2surf have been able to organise another Trip South for the community! 

For this trip, we have two girls who will be joining the Desert2surf team. We are pretty excited about partnering with NeonTide for this trip. NeonTide is an Australian swimwear brand. It is decking out the trip participants in its new swimwear lines and to quote NeonTide "spoiling the girls rotten" on the Saturday.  We have also set up a meeting with two organisations - Koorie Women Mean Business ( and The Victorian Women’s Trust ( in order for the trip participants to explore some future business pathways. May is a glass artist and Naomi dreams of getting into modelling. As well we have a session planned for May with a renowned glass-blower from St Andrews.

Finally, the girls will get to go on a tour of Melbourne before heading back to Darwin for the end of their trip.
We look forward to bringing you the stories and photo from this trip!
All the best
GVI Charitable Trust


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Organization Information

Global Vision International Charitable Trust

Location: Exeter, Devon - United Kingdom
Project Leader:
Kate Robey
Exeter, Devon United Kingdom