July 30 meeting
Rotary Club of Attadale President Ian Pittaway welcomed the Guest Speaker Carol Shannon and guest George Carter to the meeting at Tompkins on Swan on Monday night July 30 and had great delight in presenting the Chairman for the evening George Lewkowski with a candlelit birthday cupcake.
Carol Shannon is the Chief Executive Officer of Leeuwin Foundation which is a trusted not-for-profit organisation based in Fremantle. Since 1986 they have welcomed more than 40,000 young people onboard the STS Leeuwin 11.The Leeuwin Foundation is funded through a combination of grants, corporate sponsorships and donations by organisations and the general public. Rotary clubs across Western Australia have been extraordinary sponsors over the years, regularly topping up people's voyage fares. Their primary program is the Youth Explorer Voyages, a week-long opportunity designed for young people aged from 14 to 25 (although older participants with a sense of adventure can also apply) to sharpen their work-ready skills and enhance skills in communication, leadership and collaboration.
Participants are inspired and given opportunities to try completely new things. They are not taught to sail-- the aim is giving and receiving instructions, listening, taking challenges, accountability and responsibility. They do, however, make sure everyone understands how ships work - safety instructions, emergency drills, ship hierarchy, watching out for their mates, and that it's okay to feel sick. Learning to step out of their comfort zone and work together gives them a sense of achievement. Next year, their Future Connect voyage will have 20 Western Australians from a refugee background and 20 Western Australian youth raised in WA to come together through adventure, exploration and discovery that will encourage greater community connections and understanding. There are so many challenges facing young people these days and giving them opportunities to build confidence, courage, resilience personal development and leadership will provide key life skills that they will take into their studies, careers and community.
Thank you Carol for enlightening all present to the wonderful work done by the Leeuwin Foundation. Very inspirational.
"An investment in the youth's future is an investment in our future".