Staff and Police from PCYC Walgett are in Sydney this week guiding 10 young indigenous students on the trip of a lifetime.
PCYC Walgett manager Amanda Cheal said PCYC was approached by Royal Far West (RFW) and Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service to co-ordinate a group of 10 young people to take part in a “Bush to Beach” leadership camp with the Manly Sea Eagles from last Saturday to this Friday.
“We jumped at the opportunity as we can see the potential benefit, not only for the young people attending, but also the flow on to other young people and the community,” she said.
The program will provide accommodation and meals at RFW in Manly with a leadership skills program encompassing recreation activities, group workshops, sporting activities and peer support.
This morning the touring group was hosted at the prime minister’s Sydney residence Kirribilli House by Mrs Margie Abbott, who is patron of RFW.
Amanda said the trip would provide opportunities they would not have in Walgett, particularly through workshops and sports activities.
“The 10 young people aged from 14 to 17 come from a mix of family situations and when we asked them what they hoped they’d get out of the week away, answers included ‘learning leadership’, ‘overcoming fears’ and ‘improving motivation and self-confidence’,” she said.
“We asked them what worried them about the future and concerns included a lack of education, drugs and alcohol affecting families, not knowing where they’re end up and not being able to get a job and put food on their table.
“The Walgett community is right behind this initiative and we feel certain that this collaboration between PCYC, Royal Far West and Manly Warringah Sea Eagles has the potential to have a powerful impact on them.”
The Walgett team enjoying morning team this morning with Mrs Margie Abbott at Kirribilli House.