Girls Shine at Young Women’s Leadership Camp

 The Blue Smurfs pose for a team photo. Pictured (l to r) Martika Sampi (Lombadina), Davina (Warmun), Shania Mandijalu (Bidyadanga), Saphire Birch (Wyndham), Leah Allen (Garnduwa Kununurra), Rachel Burns (Skillhire Broome) and Norma Hunter (Broome)

The Blue Smurfs pose for a team photo. Pictured (l to r) Martika Sampi (Lombadina), Davina (Warmun), Shania Mandijalu (Bidyadanga), Saphire Birch (Wyndham), Leah Allen (Garnduwa Kununurra), Rachel Burns (Skillhire Broome) and Norma Hunter (Broome)

More than 20 girls descended upon El Questro Station for the annual Smarter than Smoking Young Women’s Leadership Camp. Girls joined us from all over the Kimberley including Broome, Bidgydanga, Lombadina, Derby, Balgo, Halls Creek, Warmun and Wyndham to participate in the camp. The weekend included a wide range of team building and leadership challenges which tested the girls’ patience and ability to think outside the box. All the girls accepted the challenge and did very well!

On Friday, October 24th the girls visited Home Valley Station and enjoyed creating artwork, being pampered and getting beauty treatments and learning information from a session on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. The girls also met Mel Hoy from Alive and Kicking Goals who travelled from Broome to attend the camp and deliver mental health and suicide prevention information. The camp adopted the theme of being Alive and Kicking Goals for the camp and the girls certainly did that.

Saturday was another jam packed day of activities with more challenges, a careers talk from Rio Tinto representatives, swimming, a trip to Pigeon Hole Lookout and a very special evening full of surprises. El Questro Station and locals from the surrounding area had a small taste of just how special these girls are when one of the camp participants sang a couple of songs at the closing celebrations. The girls who attended the camp displayed just how valuable and incredible our young leaders and future role models are.

The camp was supported by Healthway, Skill Hire Youth Connections, and The Shire of Halls Creek Youth Services. Garnduwa would also like to thank the various community volunteers and presenters who supported the camp by their attendance.

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