A special camp held this month for young people in the South West as part of the State Government and community-supported HOPE Project initiative has proved a great success.
Recruits youth camp and mentoring program hosted 22 students from Cunnamulla, Charleville and St George state schools between 16 and 21 July.
South West Hospital and Health Service Chief Executive Glynis Schultz says this year’s Deadly saw nine students from Charleville, eight from Cunnamulla and five from St George – 17 boys and five girls all up.
Among the mentors who supported this year’s camp participants were two young Cunnamulla men who participated in the original Deadly Recruits camp in 2014.
“Challen Crumblin and Milo Duttie joined the Australian Defence Force as a result of participating in the original camp in 2014. Challen has recently returned from a tour of duty in Iraq and both he and Milo were on leave and agreed to join this year’s camp as mentors for a few days. Their presence was a real buzz for this year’s camp participants.’’
Like last year, the camp was held at Tinnenburra Station near Cunnamulla, the home of Paroo Shire Mayor Lindsay Godfrey and wife Carol.
“On behalf of the kids and our other HOPE Project partners, I would like to thank Cr and Mrs Godfrey for their generosity in once again hosting this important youth event.’’
Ms Schultz said the camp was led by Indigenous leader Uncle Col Watego from TRYP Consultancy Pty Ltd.
He was supported by Australian Defence Force personnel and Cunnamulla Indigenous leaders, including Cunnamulla Aboriginal Corporation for Health Board Chair and school Community Education Counsellor Julie Fox, whose sister Amanda was the inspiration behind the original 2014 camp.
The Queensland Police Service also supported the camp through the participation of police liaison officers Uncle Ted Burns and Laurie Bateman.
“The Deadly Recruits camp is part of a suite of educational, fitness, lifestyle and vocational initiatives being delivered through the HOPE Project and designed to motivate and engage with young people in Cunnamulla and Charleville.
Project HOPE – which stands for Harmony, Opportunity, Pride and Empowerment – is a State Government and community-supported initiative and this year’s Recruits camp was funded jointly by the South West HHS, the Charleville and Cunnamulla schools, Paroo Shire Council, Cunnamulla Aboriginal Corporation for Health and Murweh Shire Council.
1. This year’s Deadly Recruits HOPE camp participants, mentors and facilitators.
2. Challen Crumblin – left – and Milo Duttie at morning parade.
3. Some tasty tucker at this year’s Deadly Recruits camp – courtesy of police liaison officer
Laurie Bateman, who was also camp cook.