Early in 2017, dates for the Leeuwin Ultimate Challenge were released. The voyage is a five-day adventure specifically designed for young participants (14 years and over) with sensory, intellectual or physical disability.

In June, the Leeuwin Foundation invited a number of disability services agencies to partner with them on the annual Ultimate Challenge voyage over the next three years.

Leeuwin CEO Carol Shannon speaks about the new partnerships.

“As the only program of its kind in Australia, Leeuwin is thrilled that we have confirmed with four partners already, with ongoing interest from other organisations.”

“This is fantastic news for future Ultimate Challenge participants. We’d like to really thank Rocky Bay Inc, One2One, Nulsen Disability Services, Anglicare and Community Vision for coming on board without hesitation!” she continued.

Each agency has committed to identifying a person with a disability within their network each year for three years, who would benefit from participation on a voyage – a person who has shown a willingness and desire to try new things; a person who wants to continue to improve their skills; a person whose commitment to themselves and others can be rewarded by a great experience.

The voyage, running from 31 January – 4 February 2018, is physically and emotionally challenging but the 24 voyage participants are well supported by 16 allied health professionals and an onboard medical practitioner.

 “As well as providing full funding for your chosen participant, their contribution will support funding of the “support crew”, the allied health professionals who join the voyage to maximise the learning outcomes for voyage participants,” said Ms Shannon.

Applications will open in August for the 2018 Ultimate Challenge, and the Foundation encourages interested applicants to approach their own disability service in order to secure a place.

The Leeuwin Foundation is an award winning provider of personal development and leadership programs that provides key life skills for young people aged 14-25 that they will take into their studies, careers and community.

Since 1986, the Leeuwin has provided exciting and life-changing programs to more than 40,000 young people across Australia.

The voyages aim to challenge and inspire young people to realise their personal potential and make a positive contribution to the wider community.