Mildura Weekly : Friday September 12 Vol 8 No 45
NEWS 17 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 MILDURA WEEKLY.COM.AU By VINNIE RODI MASP Youth Mentoring Pro- gram participants have re- ceived a major boost one week out from taking on the famous Kokoda Track, with members of the Christie Centre’s ArtRa- geUs program creating ‘special gifts’ for participants to hand out to Papua New Guinea resi- dents they meet as part of their travels. Led by Christie Centre sup- port worker – and the person behind the ArtRageUs proj- ect – Kathy Dubois, Christie Centre clients presented 30 specially-made headscarves to MASP Youth Mentoring Pro- gram co-ordinator Ken Innes this week. Marking the second time the Christie Centre has created scarves for the program, the idea is for mentors and men- tees to hand scarves out to lo- cal residents as they make their way along the Kokoda Track. The idea originated last year, with Kathy’s husband a member of the 2013 group to tackle Kokoda. “I wanted to create some- thing my husband could take with him on the trek and pass out as gifts to children and lo- cal residents he met along the way,” she said. “I came up with the idea to make head scarves, and I thought it would be a great project for Christie Cen- tre clients taking part in the ArtRageUs sewing program to take on. “I wanted to continue the project this year, and our cli- ents have really taken to it, and over the past two years have enjoyed making the scarves.” Kathy said clients had spent two weeks creating the scarves, and were looking for- ward to hearing the stories be- hind where they wind up once program participants return home. “After the group came back last year they shared their ex- periences with our clients, and were able to show them pho- tos of the people that ended up with the scarves,” she said. Christie Centre client, and one of the people behind this year’s batch of scarves, Sarah Davis, said the project was a way of supporting someone in need. “We’re giving something to someone less fortunate than us, and I think that’s great,” she said. “It’s been a lot of fun making the scarves, and I’m looking forward to seeing photos when Ken and the oth- ers get back.” The MASP Youth Mentor- ing Program is an initiative close to the Mildura Weekly, with 2014 marking the third time one of our staff members has taken part. It’s a tradition that began with Mildura Weekly editor Alan Erksine, who tackled Kokoda in 2012 at the age of 65, and will continue this year when Mildura Weekly adver- tising consultant Tianna Ce- racchi, 24, takes on the chal- lenge. Tianna, who has spent the past five months training with fellow Youth Mentoring Pro- gram participants, said she was looking forward to the challenge. “I’m really excited,” she said. “It’s hard to believe that’s it’s only around the cor- ner. “The program has person- ally taught me so much, and having the chance to work with young people in the community has also been a great learning experience.” Tianna said she was look- ing forward to the physical and emotional challenge the Kokoda trek would present. “I’ve been very lucky to have people at work, like Alan, who have been able to pass on advice, and there are also a couple of people in this year’s group that are head- ing over for a second or third time,” she said. “I’ve been training pretty hard with the group, and now I’m just looking forward to experiencing Kokoda for my- self.” MASP Youth Mentoring Program co-ordinator Ken Innes – who this year em- barks on his eighth Kokoda trek – said the group of 37 mentors and mentees were ready and raring to go. “We have a great group this year, and everyone is looking forward to it,” he said. “Being so close to de- parting there’s a few nerves, but all of that will settle down once we get over there. “Everyone has worked hard in the lead-up, and I’m sure this show of support from the Christie Centre will give everyone a boost. “I know last year’s partici- pants loved handing out the scarves to people, who in turn were really excited to receive the gifts. “I’m sure that will con- tinue, and I personally want to thank the Christie Centre, and everyone involved in the program, for their support.” MASP Youth Mentoring participants will enjoy an offi- cial send-off next Wednesday, September 17, before depart- ing Mildura on September 19. ArtRageUs Kokoda donation • Mildura Christie Centre Support Worker Kathy Dubois, MASP Youth Mentoring Program co-ordinator Ken Innes, Mildura Weekly advertising consultant Tianna Ceracchi and Christie Centre ArtRageUs program participant Sarah Davis display the specially-made head scarves that will be given to residents living along the Kokoda Trek later this month. Chances funding open CHANCES for Children has officially opened its latest round of funding, with children in the Sunraysia area in need of financial support to continue their education encouraged to apply. The latest funding round will remain open until No- vember 7, with application forms, which includes eligi- bility guidelines, available by visiting www.chancesfor- children.com.au. Chances is committed to investing in the future of local children by removing financial barriers that stand in the way of them achieving their full potential. More information about funding is available by con- tacting Chances on 5021 7480.
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