JUNIOR INDIGENOUS MARINE AND ENVIRONMENTAL CADETS PROGRAM
It is the Junior Indigenous Marine and Environmental Cadets Program which has grabbed the attention of the students, as it proposes not only a viable future, but a future that is invested in the culture and traditions of their peoples.
Currently 15 students participate in our work and training program across the Tiwi Islands, Cairns, Sydney and Banubanu. Next year the program will be expanded to to provide over 30 Junior Guiding positions across Australia.
MEET OUR JUNIOR GUIDES
MATTHEW HAYDEN AM
As a former Australian International cricketer much of my time since retirement in 2011 has been dedicated to charitable work. Over the last 10 years my focus has been more specifically on the Hayden Reynolds Tiwi College Project, based on remote Melville Island off the coast of Darwin.
Together, with Guy Reynolds, we have raised some $4 million privately, to create an environment of opportunity and choice for the future generations of the Tiwi children(www.tiwigarden.com).
Now, Guy and myself are partnering in a national venture, to focus on assisting indigenous youth to work within their communities as fishing guides, coastal observers and beach/river custodians.
This holistic approach to the project seems a natural extension to what has been an extraordinary journey over the past decade. Collectively our vision has the potential to propel forward the future of indigenous children in remote Australia by integrating their local knowledge of coastal environments and providing opportunity for employment by dovetailing with a nationally driven program.
The Junior Guide Program will change Indigenous kids' lives forever. I am passionate about playing my part in this continued success story.
I look forward to talking an visiting communities across Australia. Growing our program by selecting more students and working alongside Guy Reynolds to develop the overall project footprint along with communicating regularly with key sponsors Shimano, Macquarie Bank and OzFish.
GUY REYNOLDS AO
The last 10 years of my life have been immersed in the development of the Hayden Reynolds garden at the Tiwi College on remote Melville island.
Alongside founding partner Matthew Hayden AM, it has become the most significant charitable exercise of our lives.
The garden is now a true metaphor for the health of the campus, but it is the opportunity now afforded to the students with diverse careers and lives that is attracting most of our attention.
The Shimano junior indigenous guide program is all about local communities and angling orientated businesses embracing the enthusiasm of these bright young indigenous people and making a positive difference in their lives.
My role moving forward will be running the day to day operations of the program, sourcing new sites for development and primary fundraising. I will also coordinate our online presence, financial systems and coordination of all Junior Guides alongside the advisory panel.
The opportunity to hear a local student talk about Country, Spirit and Family offers rare opportunity for all Australians to understand their extraordinary culture and history.
Meet Our Ambassadors
Kurtley BealeNSW WARATAHS, WALLABIES NO12
This program makes me extremely proud. I am delighted be asked to be an ambassador for the junior guides. I currently help mentor 10 junior guides across Sydney, Cairns and the Tiwi’s. I hope this numbers expands as people understand the importance of the program.
Daren DunnNAIDOC ARTIST OF THE YEAR 2015
Traditional Koori Artist, proud Gamilaroi man and NAIDOCS 2015 Artist of the Year, Daren Dunn has designed uniqure artwork for the Indigenous Junior Guide Program.
Raised in the NSW town of Dubbo, Daren had an insatiable appetite for learning and would sit closely with aunties and uncles learning the stories and symbols of traditional Koori art.
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WHAT OTHER VOLUNTEERS SAY
The people involved in all aspects of the Project are what make this such a success and create the right environment for partnership to flourish.
I have witnessed a great change for the better through the project, especially from the senior boys as they show interest and perseverance.
I have supported the Hayden Reynolds program in the Tiwi islands for 10 years. This next phase is very exciting as it has the potential to engage all of coastal Australia in the development of young Indigenous fishing guides.
We welcomed Anthony Guy to our house in Sydney this year. In September he will be our guest to fish the rivers of New Zealand for rainbow and brown trout. This will be his first overseas trip. It is an honour to welcome him to our home.