On Saturday, 9 March 2019, a record number of 670 participants from across the state gathered at Doyalson for the 4th annual PCYC NSW RAW Challenge.
The major fundraising event saw a great deal of diversity in backgrounds, cultures, relationships and reasons behind each individual’s support for PCYC NSW, with some coming from as far as Walgett, Taree and Broken Hill to participate.
RAW Challenge is a six kilometre mud course scattered with more than 40 obstacles. It is called a “Challenge” because that is what it aims to do. It tests individuals to rise to the occasion. And that is what PCYC NSW did.
Kilometre by kilometre. Obstacle by obstacle. Police, staff, volunteers, supporters and young people scaled walls, climbed nets, crawled through mud, and slid and splashed in the water.
Throughout, the most powerful scenes involved competitors hand-in-hand and arm-in-arm, helping each other up, down, through and around obstructions. Police supporting youth, PCYC staff helping Police, young people carrying other young people with no questions, judgement or apprehension.
Well done to:
- 1st Place Male Young Person Marin – Blacktown PCYC
- 1st Place Female Young Person Amy – Marrickville PCYC
- 1st Place Male Collin – Marrickville PCYC
- 1st Place Female – Anja – Umina PCYC
- Inaugural ‘Fit for Life’ short Course Event Walgett PCYC
A special mention goes to:
- PCYC Penrith for the most team attendees
- PCYC Taree for runner up in number of attendees
- PCYC Bateau Bay for being second runner up
- PCYC Walgett and PCYC Broken Hill for bringing young people from such a distance
All funds raised from this RAW Challenge event will go towards PCYC NSW’s Fit for Life programs across the state.
Fit for Life is one of eight programs designed to deliver the NSW Police Commissioner’s RISEUP strategy, which aims to connect young people facing challenges at home, school or in the community with workplace opportunities.
Fit for Life involves young people being picked up from home or they are dropped off at a PCYC Club early in the morning. They train alongside Police Officers, PCYC staff, community leaders, mentors and volunteers, before having a healthy breakfast together and being driven to school. Fit for Life encourages young people to get active in life, develop new relationships with the local Police and PCYC, and attend school.
If you would like to support Fit for Life you can donate at www.pcycrawchallenge.gofundraise.com.au