Project #6720

Inspire and empower Indigenous youth in Australia

by Global Vision International Charitable Trust

Dear Supporter, 

It's that time of the year! The approaching trip – Trip South 2014 – involves two twelve year old boys from a remote, indigenous community in the Northern Territory travelling to Victoria to surf and to engage in cultural exchange activities.

The two boys – Gregory and Victor - were selected for Trip South 2014 based on the following criteria:

  • They demonstrated enthusiasm and initiative when they participated in stand up paddling sessions with Desert2Surf at Ranyon Gorge.
  • Due to geographical isolation they are seriously disadvantaged in terms of access to and availability of recreational and sporting opportunities. Ranyon Gorge is a stunning water hole approximately 35 kilometers from Minyerri Community where the boys live and attend school. Minyerri Community lies 273 kilometers south-east of Katherine, the nearest main town and regional centre for the Rivers District.
  • The boys are excellent students whose school attendance is impeccable and who try their very best with all their school work.

Part of the Trip South 2014 planning is that Gregory’s mother, Maryanne, will accompany the boys. Maryanne is an exemplary Community member. Gregory’s father is in line to be an Elder of his Community. Both have jobs and hold positions of responsibility within the Minyerri Community. They model excellent family and community values. Maryanne has never flown in an aeroplane or travelled outside of the Northern Territory.

The Minyerri Council is very supportive of Desert2Surf and welcomes the opportunities it provides to Minyerri Community members. As well as facilitating communication between Desert2Surf and the trip participants during the planning phase, it also provides essential logistical support when trips are running. 

As well as teaching trip participants to surf, Desert2Surf provides 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. 

Thank you for giving Gregory and Victor this opportunity.

All the best

Desert2Suft & GVI Charitable Trust


Dear Supporter, 

It has been a quiet beginning of the year but we are working towards our next trip! The Desert2Surf team are currently trying to organise for two 12 year old boys, from a remote community in the NT who previously stand up paddled with D2S, to visit Melbourne paid for by your donations for surfing, football and a school visit, possibly accompanied by their mother.

Once we have this trip confirmed, we will be in touch to do a little introduction about the boys and talk about the plans for the trip.

We have also been seeing some great community support for Desert2 surf and the work being done. The CEO of their Community has been is touch, confirming his support of the trips, which is fantastic and helps the trip and project to gain momentum and become a reality! 

Thank you for continuing to support this project.

All the best

GVI Charitable Trust and Desert2surf


Dear Supporter,

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.

All the best



Dear Supporter,

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

Many thanks

Deb Oliver

Administration and Advocacy


Dear supporter,

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.

All the best

Sophie Birkett

Charitable Trust manager



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Global Vision International Charitable Trust

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

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