17-May-2018

Carey Right Track Foundation camp 2018

The Carey Right Track Foundation exists to empower remote and indigenous communities through athletics and mentoring programs.

As a part of this work, the Right Track Foundation runs a school holiday program in Meekatharra called FLAME, standing for Future Leaders Athletics Mentoring Experience. FLAME is an inter-agency community initiated and directed day camp for remote and indigenous future leaders in Meekatharra.

Last month, in the April school holidays, a team of staff and students from Carey Baptist College travelled from Perth to Meekatharra for the FLAME program. The trip involved running athletics clinics for the local people in the morning and then in the afternoon heading to the youth centre to support the youth workers in running a music and art program for the young people. Between 30 and 40 locals attended the activities each day, as the connection between the Carey team and the local young people deepened each day, making it very difficult to say goodbye on the last day.

One of the key projects charged to the team was to paint a mural on the youth centre wall. Local indigenous leader and artist Ando Binsiar worked with the young people and the Perth team to brainstorm, design and create an amazing piece of art. The final product signifies the coming together of the Carey Right Track Foundation and local Meekatharra community as we journey through Meekatharra country together leading to a meeting place. Everyone was invited to put their handprints at the bottom of the artwork. The mural will be a powerful reminder in future years of the relationship developed with the community.

On the final day, we were blessed to be taken around by the local partners on country and shown significant places, as we learnt about some traditional stories. We had the opportunity to collect some bush tucker, in particular, cobbler (bush banana) and Bardies (like Wiggity Grubs) before we went back to Buttah Windee, the indigenous community just out of Meekatharra. In this community, we were able to sit down and listen to the struggles and issues facing indigenous people in Meekatharra, all the while witnessing the hope, inspiration and strength of the community. We then enjoyed spending the afternoon hanging out with our new and old friends having a sausage sizzle and watching the Eagles win the footy.

Through these programs, a deep relationship has been built with the community in Meekatharra as we have served, partnered with, mentored and empowered the locals.

Graeme Watson
Carey Educator and Director of Carey Right Track Foundation
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