Connecting, inspiring and educating the young people of Kalumburu
Organisation: Musicians Making a Difference
Project: Bush Camp
Place: Western Australia
At FRRR we often receive letters of thanks and highly-gratifying stories of how our funding has benefited communities.
One of the success stories is that of Musicians Making a Difference which aims to improve the lives of young people, particularly disadvantaged and marginalised youth, through the power of music, creative arts and unconditional positive regard.
Thanks to the CATCH Program, which funded $10,200, the Out Bush Camp Program for Indigenous Youth Project was run.
Below is an excerpt of a letter received at FRRR from Dominic Kelshall of Musicians Making a Difference
“We have just arrived back from the most life-changing camp in Kalumbur in the Kimberly of Northern WA. Your belief in us, enabling our continued work with this community, has paid off.
Whilst in Kalumburu we revisited a marginalised indigenous community which has been under the spotlight for high rates of abuse and dysfunction.
Due to the communitiy’s difficulty in engaging young people in the education system, we spent each day with both Primary & High School students. Our programs were designed to complement the school’s curriculum and to reward those attending classes.
Music was used as a tool to engage the children and to encourage participation in school. Our secondary purpose was to provide the children and young people with an experience in which they could learn about aboriginal culture and be encouraged to “have a go” at achieving their goals and dreams. Our visit highlighted the fact that children and young people in the community do not currently have access to any other music program; we will seek opportunities for music and performance lessons to be ongoing for all people in Kulumburu.
After each school day, we connected with young people currently disengaged from school. This was done through music, fishing and football. Our after- school activities focused on character development, the building of mentoring relationships and role modelling. We have encouraged community leaders to maintain these programs as ongoing. We have opened opportunities for the community to allow any young people with leadership potential to come to MMAD in Sydney for further development. These young people will be trained in music and mentoring programs over a six to twelve month period. They will then return to their community as trained facilitators who will benefit their community in the longer term.
Thank you for allowing us to connect, inspire and educate the young people of Kalumburu. It was a truly magical time. We will continue to keep in contact with the children and young people in the school and wider community through writing letters.
We will also be dedicating positive messages and songs to young people listening to our weekly online radio show. We look forward to continuing to champion the young people in Kalumburu so that they attain their own personal greatness. We hope to be able to fund future music lessons for the school.
Musician’s Making a Difference
We at FRRR are delighted that we have been part of this wonderful story.