Kool Community Projects
WEAVES' KOOL KIDS HISTORIC PERFORMANCE
A Historic Moment on Saturday the 9th of July as Weaves' Kool Kids Club opened the Waratahs game at Moore Park on Saturday night the 9th of July as part of NAIDOC week. The performance is significant as the New South Wales Waratahs has not done a cultural round before.
Here is a link to a video that captures the Weave Kool Kids dancers
The dancers From Weaves' Kool Kids Club danced to a story about the Waratah from the Biripi people told by Aboriginal elder Aunty Ally Golding. The choreography is a collaborative process between Calita Murray a Dhurug woman and Kerry Johnson a Wiradjuri women and it's songs are by Matthew Doyle.
The kids all came together every Friday afternoon to meet at La Perouse Primary School to practice in the School hall for an hour after school. The kids who attended came from different primary schools in the Eastern Suburbs ranging in age groups from 7 to 17. It was also so great to see that there was a mix of boys and girls wanting to be a part of this special occasion.
Some of the kids had not ever done a traditional Indigenous dance before and some have, they were all excited to be a part of this special opportunity to showcase their culture.
In the change room before the big dance the group stood in a circle holding hands painted up in ochre and said how proud they were to represent their culture, community and to represent their families.
Words cannot describe what it was like to see 28 children and 10 community members open the game on the field knowing that over 60 family members were in the audience.
The kids were well rehearsed and very respectful. It was such a good example of how arts and cultural events have a huge impact of reinforcing traditional Indigenous culture , Identity and connection to land. The young people were so proud to represent the community and all their parents were there to watch them dance.
This has been a community effort with so many people involved. We would like to say a few very special thank you to the following people.
• Kyle Lyons who had the contact at the Waratahs, which gave the kids the opportunity
• Calita Murray who has been part of this project from start to finish and has not only done the choreography with Kerry Jonhson but as helped with costumes, making the waratahs and is performing and has worked on everything leading up to this amazing event.
• Keenan Mundine, Evie Willie and Beau Foster from the Weaves' Kool Kids Team for your hard work and dedication to this project.
• La Perouse Public School for letting us use your school hall
• Natalie Steele and the waratahs for giving us the opportunity to dance and providing tickets for families to attend
• Kerry Johnson for helping with choreography and performing.
• Songs by Matt Doyle
• Aunty Ally Golding for telling the story, performing and coming and helping the children on programs.
• Young community members that will be performing Beau Foster, Akeisha Kelly, Kirsty Beller, and Allirah Golding, thank you for your dedication to this project and being such incredible role models for the children.
• Dean Kelly for collecting our cultural resources (ochre, sticks, feathers etc).
• Selina Brown the AEO from Lapa school helping to make the waratah sticks.
• Pauline Beller AEO from Chilfley Public who has help every week
• Kids costumers were made with huge thanks to Paula Sisian-Turnball and Calita Murray
• Adults costumes made with huge thank to Maria Pender
• Mardi Dilies from Weave for helping with media for the night
• Benny Edwards for capturing the night for us on film
• Waverley council and Ben and Michelle from the Bondi Pavilion recording studio for putting the music together
• A Big Thank you to all the local families that have been involved dropping and picking their kids up and supporting this fantastic project.
• We would like to say a massive thank you to, the Australian Government Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and Randwick City Council for investing in thisprogram, We are extremely grateful for our kids to have this opportunity.
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KOOL KIDS CROWD FUNDING CAMPAIGN - Campaign raised $26 800 and is now in action.
Keen to keep kids out of “lock up” and engaged in healthy lifestyles, EDUCATION, training and employment, a group of young Aboriginal men take action.
The four young men featured in the video- Beau, Trei, Michael and Karl have been accessing Weave’s Kool Kids Club PROGRAM for a number of years and are passionate about expanding the health and fitness program they initiated so that more disadvantaged kids can have access to a better life.
These young men are outraged about the disparity in health, life expectancy, incarceration and education rates between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians and they have decided enough is enough and it’s time to change this.
The PROGRAM is used as a vehicle to engage at risk children and young people, to connect them to peer support and mentoring and instill in them the value of health, fitness and positive engagement in society. It’s a holistic PROGRAM that addresses not just the obvious diet, fitness and healthy lifestyle factors but also supports kids to attend and engage in EDUCATION AND TRAINING with the ultimate aim of creating career and employment pathways.
Having experienced the positive impact of the program themselves, the boys have advocated to expand it, so that other Aboriginal children and young people can benefit. To this end they sought support from Weave to launch this Start Some Good campaign.
Weave Youth & Community Services values and supports youth PARTICIPATION and ideas that drive change and create social impact.
We know that young people who engage in this PROGRAM will:
- ** Improve their health and fitness
- ** Be more motivated to go to school
- ** Reduce or completely stop smoking, using drugs and other substances
- ** Have better skills to deal with issues in their lives
The PROGRAM wants to partner with local Universities and TAFE to recruit Aboriginal personal trainers, nutritionists, life coaches and mentors to facilitate the program. We believe this is important as we hope to strengthen community engagement and provide opportunities for young people to work closely with professionals from the same cultural background.
Expected outcomes of employing Aboriginal health professionals:
- Young people will be inspired to finish school and go on to university
- Young people will be exposed to possible health CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
- Young people are mentored by Aboriginal university students
- Aboriginal university students are given employment opportunities to develop their skills
The program will also provide a pick up and drop off service. This will ensure that young people are going to school/training/employment.
Help support these young people drive the change they know works.
Donate and help their vision become a reality.
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Empower these young people to implement a program that they know works and makes a difference.
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Kool Community Spirit
Steve Oh is a long time local Maroubra lad and is one of our surf instructors from the team at Let’s Go Surfing. Steve recently approached Kool Kids staff
with the idea of shaping a unique, one of a kind Kool Kids surf board.
He was inspired by the Kool Kids throughout our surfing program and wanted them to have the opportunity to design their own board. He suggested that Kool Kids members come up with a unique design and logo for a surf board which he would then shape, put the design and logo on and reward the chosen designer with a wooden hand carved body surfing hand paddle.
This is not the first time th
at Steve has showed such generosity towards our program.
With Steve’s vision and idea in mind, our year 7 group put their artistic skills to work and came up with a number of creative designs and logos which, to them, represented our local area and Weave’s Kool Kids Club.
Within a month the kid’s designs were sent to Steve and the amazing surfboard below was delivered to the Kool Kids office. I’m finding it difficult to put into words just how incredible the board looks!
Shanae Brown’s design was chosen to be on
the deck with Chris Wilchefski’s logo “Cultural Riders” sitting above the main design.
On Thursday afternoon we met up with Steve to say a huge thanks! As the winning designer, Shanae received her hand made wooden hand paddle from Steve. What an incredible , humble and generous man Steve is.
Once again, thank you Steve for giving Weave’s Kool Kids an amazing opportunity. We are looking forward to testing the board out in the water this week with Shanae to be the first rider to put it to the test in the waves at Maroubra Beach.