A Bronze Dukes participant from Gippsland, Rhiannon is doing her Award through Yoowinna Wurnalung Healing Service, an organisation offering programs for Aboriginal young people. In October 2011, Rhiannon travelled to Melbourne and took part in a three day youth leadership camp.

…When we arrived in Melbourne it was a little nerve racking because I didn’t know anyone else there. We started with the high ropes challenge and played a few different games to break the ice. After the games we started feeling more confident and able to open up a bit more. Then we started doing team activities so it would make us work together and get us thinking. It was great fun!

The next day we went to the Advancement League and had a talk with people that have gone through some really hard times growing up, and come out of it successfully and made something out of themselves.

They were all really inspirational, but the biggest for me was Uncle Kutcha Edwards and Richard Frankland.


Uncle Kutcha told us his life story and how he grew up, it was sad but it made him even stronger and now he travels all around the world singing his story. And Richard Frankland, he had been to the war-torn countries and told us how he had a gun pointed at him and come out of it laughing. He is also a director; he directed the movie “Stone Bros” and he is one of the funniest men I have ever met. I’ll never forget him or his story.

After all the speakers were finished we went back to the motel and had a discussion about what we had learnt and how we felt about it. The next day we went back to the Advancement League and did a few more activities then left, but before we left Melbourne we did a tour around the MCG. It was good, but I soon learned that I was afraid of heights! After that we were on our way home. We stopped one last time and that’s when some of us had to say good bye.

I’m glad I went on the trip, it changed my life and the way I think. The trip made me realise how much support we have and the opportunities that we can take advantage of. I’m also glad I got to meet some really awesome people and if I got the chance to go again I’d do it 100 more times.

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