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Kenny Sullivan started a 6 month contract with us at SevGen trying his hand at marketing. After a short time Kenny’s passion for football was uncontainable.
Discussions with Managing Director Terri Waller followed and Kenny tabled the question of a Sunshine Coast Football Carnival. Terri asked Kenny just one question, ‘Will you do what ever it takes to get the carnival on the park?’ Kenny confidently said a resounding yes and the concept was created.
If dirt bike riding is something you are passionate about then keep your eye on Nambour Motorcross.
NMX is the Nambour Motocross Project. It runs on the Philosophy that:
“The only thing we ever truly own in this world, is the space we’re standing In. If we can be Responsible for that, the rest will fall into place”.
The Project is run through SevGen, and is aligned with the value of the organisation. NMX particularly takes into account SevGen’s perspective that, based on indigenous ecological ways of being, “expects every human deliberation to consider the impacts of their actions…”
Here at NMX we value dirt biking, fun and getting out into the great outdoors, but we have a strong underlying ethical approach to safety of self, others, property and environment, as well as respect for the consequences of our actions.
Nambour Motocross Project (NMP) aims to provide recreational activities to youth aged between 13-18 years of age. The project will also create a healthy, secure environment wherein a person can access the legal use of dirt-bikes safely, belong to a club, receive training, education, support and mentoring. Participants will also be able to socialise with other youth in a similar demographic. The project also aims to foster a sense of belonging and ownership in the participant. In the beginning of the project we will be looking at working with people within this age bracket, due to the fact that other equipment would need to be purchased for those younger or older, however age will not necessarily be restricted, as use of that equipment will also be determined by weight and ability.
The project also aims to foster community and business alliances. In the first instance activities will take place at the Coolum Motocross Track, an existing motocross facility and a well-established and reputable Sunshine Coast sporting club that is affiliated with MQLD. It is also our aim to build partnerships and collaboration with existing services in our community, as a pose to ‘overlapping’ and ‘duplicating’ them. We welcome any input that you may have.
NMX nurtures our relationship with SevGen (and other indigenous and non-indigenous organisations) and takes very seriously, our capacity to validate our community’s movement towards Reconciliation and imbedding Indigenous Perspective in all ways of learning and being. This is the act of acknowledging our Traditional Custodians, both past and present, and honouring the space in which we reside, which we sincerely pay our respects too.
What an accomplishment! After 3 years of tireless devotion to our mission and vision we were awarded with a Nicklin Community Service Award in 2015.
- Our work in schools offering a circuit breaker in the downward spiral of school suspension is making a difference to educational outcomes for our young people.
- The ‘love and care’ environment is returning trust into the hearts of our very special child safety gigs.
- Our Indigenous character and ways of working are the ingredients for success for addressing the gap in educational services to remote Northern Territory communities. Professional feedback sees our approach as one that could ‘resolve the issues in Indigenous Australia’.
WE want to keep building our work and need to raise start-ups funds so that we don’t have to pull back our outreach until our own social enterprises are established.
To make a tax deductible donation or contribute in another way please explore our DONATE page.
Our prayers for a photographic documentary artist and short film maker have been answered.
*name and photo only changed to protect our special people…
Trouble with a capital ‘T’ was how Coah was described.
Like most referrals to us the profile of this young person was extreme
No human service agency, organisation or group in community wanted to take on Coah after his trial and detention was the only option unless he was accepted at SevGen.
Wrapped around with SevGen’s care and pioneering educational approach (PAPPA) our team thought the young person was swapped at the airport. There was not one skerrik of capital ‘T’ trouble in the 3 months that Coah was at SevGen.
On return to the community family, elders and support staff could not believe the change they noticed. Long time psychologist and youth support worker to the community reports…
The young person I have seen over the last few days is not the same young person that left only 3 short months ago.
The transformative changes are lasting when some weeks after returning there was an outbreak of trouble in community. The police went to the usual suspects (Coah was well known by police) but allegations were denied as to which police replied that they had finger prints (disbelieving our young person). After a tense 8 days the news came back to us… Not our young person!!!
Now ready to return as a mentor with our next group of young people the life changing experience is set to continue and multiply!
Kenny Sullivan started at SevGen with a Marketing role. True to our PAPPA approach in a community led initiative he was soon sharing his passion of Rugby League. Honouring the full, true and creative Kenny resulted in the proposal of a Sunshine Coast Rugby League Carnival.