A group of students from the Fremantle Dockers Sport, Business and Leadership Program are gearing up to head to Broome in October this year to take part in an incredible week away.
The trip will see the Fremantle Dockers, SEDA Group, The Purple Hands Foundation and the Kimberley 9’s program all come together for a great cause and a special couple of days on Cable Beach.
The Kimberley 9's program is a year-round youth engagement program that culminates with an AFL 9's schools carnival on Cable Beach.
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The dual Diploma students will also be delivering a wider community outreach program, heading out to schools in Broome, local footy Clubs and helping around the community wherever they can during the week.
Conor Lowe is one of seven students who will be travelling to Broome and spoke about the experience so far in preparing for the journey.
“It’s been great honestly, I think we’re all just really excited,” Lowe said.
“We’ve been saying it’s really going to strengthen our cultural awareness and it’s going to help us with some job opportunities later in the future.
“There’s seven of us heading up to Broome, there’s a group going to the Southwest, a group heading off to Derby and another heading to Geraldton.
“The kids who are part of this program are just not given the same opportunities as those in more privileged areas, so I think it’s just an amazing opportunity for us to give back.”
Students have been challenged to fundraise for the entire trip themselves by building out auction websites, hosting raffles, setting up fundraising events and more.
“We’ve been set a task to raise approximately $14,000 that will go towards flights, car hire, accommodation, food and even purchasing equipment to donate to the community. We want to pitch in wherever we can,” Lowe said.
Lowe’s team have launched an online store where some match-worn and signed boots from Alex Pearce and Bailey Banfield are available, plus an active raffle where the top prize is a signed football from the 2022 Fremantle Dockers playing group and Justin Longmuir.
There are also some minor prizes including gift vouchers and two tickets to the round 22 RAC Derby.
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For most of the group members it will be their first time heading up to Broome, which poses as an exciting opportunity that Conor says he never thought he’d have access to.
“The dual Diploma program is absolutely amazing, I’ve had some opportunities that I never really thought would be accessible to me,” Lowe said.
“It’s opened me up, directed me and helped me find my path knowing what I want to do in the future.”
If you would like to continue to follow the journey of these students heading up to Broome later in the year, you can follow @purplehandsfreo on Instagram for updates!
For those interested in the Sport, Business and Leadership Program, there is an upcoming Information session where you can hear from Fremantle Dockers staff and SEDA Group staff, as they answer questions about the program.
The session will be held on Monday 15 August at 6.30pm at the Cockburn ARC.
Fremantle Dockers provides marketing and promotional services on behalf of SEDA Group (RTO 22503) relating to the recruitment of prospective students for this program.