Small not-for-profit makes big change for drought affected youth

The Australian Federal Government recently announced a $500 million drought stimulus package for farmers, local businesses and regional councils affected by drought.

Drought is a challenge faced by many communities across the country, and Western Australia is certainly no exception.

Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation, a not-for-profit based in Fremantle WA, is doing their bit to support drought affected areas.

The not-for-profit has been delivering sail training voyages and youth development programs for over 30 years. Their week-long Youth Explorer Voyages are designed to teach key life skills such as teamwork, resilience, confidence and communication.

Leeuwin Ocean Adventure has recently been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Newman’s Own Foundation. The grant is specifically for youth living in drought affected areas and will be used to get young adults on board to experience a life-changing voyage on STS Leeuwin II sailing from Albany to Fremantle in March 2020.

Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Chief Executive Officer, Carol Shannon, said the funding couldn’t have come at a better time.

“We know that Western Australian families and communities are struggling with the impact of drought. In applying for this funding through the Newman’s Own Foundation, we wanted to show our support for those families and communities by providing an opportunity for their young people to participate in a unique activity that inspires self-confidence, builds resilience and facilitates life-long friendships.”

“Success in securing this grant will allow us to provide an extraordinary experience and have, we hope, an enduring and positive influence on the lives of young people living in drought affected areas. Applications for sponsorship to join the STS Leeuwin II are open now.”

Sponsorship applications are open for youth aged 14-25 to join the Albany to Fremantle Youth Explorer Voyage 16-22 March 2020. Head to our ‘Voyages’ page to apply today!