Outward Bound and Rotary snuggle up to help those in need


On a recent visit to Bunbury, Claire Peck & Damon Croke of Outward Bound Australia dropped off an unusual but welcome delivery to the Rotary Club of Bunbury Leschenault.

One hundred sleeping bags, retired from faithful service on programs in the wild Walpole wilderness, are on their way to providing a warm night this winter for the homeless and those less fortunate in Bunbury.

Thanks to the networks of Rotary club members Ian Telfer and Graham Houghton the sleeping bags have already been passed on to groups that cater for the disadvantaged and homeless including the Salvation Army and Bunbury In Town Lunch Centre. Mr Telfer and Mr Houghton have also dropped some of the bags off to Accord West, an agency that deals with crisis accommodation and housing.

Mr Tefler said the sleeping bags will make a great difference to those in Bunbury in need.

“This is a terrific donation from Outward Bound Australia. Our heartfelt thanks go out to the crew at Outward Bound,” Mr Telfer said.

The Rotary Club of Bunbury Leschenault has over the years run a range of appeals and fund raising efforts for those in need in the community, including the popular Give a Damn Give a Can appeal run each May.

bunburyrotarysleepingbags1Outward Bound Australia (OBA) and Rotary have also come together in order to help create life changing opportunities for the youth in Bunbury, encouraging support in the form of scholarships for Outward Bound’s award winning Navigator Program.

Navigator is a unique 12 day youth development and leadership program, set in the magnificent Walpole-Nornalup National Park.

Outward Bound CEO Darren Black said the partnership with Rotary provides an avenue for many young Australians to challenge themselves and set goals for their future.

“It’s an opportunity to develop the most positive elements of the human character through expeditions into the wilderness,” Mr Black said.

“The course is both an internal and external journey of discovery that helps adolescents to develop inner strength, teamwork and leadership skills to sustain them, and their communities, throughout their adult lives."

Navigator caters for youth aged 15-18, and recently won the 2011 Outdoors WA Industry Award for “Best Expedition into the Outdoors by a Group”. It is also endorsed by the WA Curriculum Council, enabling participants to receive 10 points toward their WA Certificate of Education.

Outward Bound is an independent non-for-profit organisation, with a long standing history and commitment to Western Australia. Dedicated to helping others discover, develop and achieve their potential through challenging and inspiring journeys, they have been operating in Walpole WA for the past 23 years, and seek now to build lasting partnerships with like minded youth agencies and community clubs.

WA Partnerships Manager for Outward Bound Claire Peck said providing opportunities for all West Australians is Outward Bound’s current goal.

“This is only made possible by the passionate support of clubs like Rotary and Lions, who are true ambassadors for youth in their communities,” said Ms Peck.

“Whilst the Navigator program is open to anyone aged 15-18, by linking in with other community organisations we can better identify those who would benefit most from an opportunity such as Navigator, and also provide the means for them to make it a reality.”

Outward Bound are industry leaders in their field, not only working with youth, but helping families, adults and corporate groups reach beyond their limits through exhilarating outdoor education programs that take them to a place apart and challenge them to reach their full potential.

If you would like to find out more about opportunities with Outward Bound in Western Australia contact WA Partnerships Manager Claire Peck:
Ph: 0407 095 130
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