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from around Hay?

14-17 years old?

This is for you.


If you live in and around Hay and are 14 to 17 years old, you could be eligible to come along to one of four free off-road adventures to the Victorian High Country. All costs are covered, and all equipment is provided. Download the program booklet and registration forms and talk to your parents - the first adventure will take place in November, so it’s time to apply!

WoaahhhH - Hey, Hay!

If you're from around Hay or Hillston and 14-17 years old, you could be heading to the High Country for an all-expenses-paid off-road adventure. Camping, fishing, hiking - we'll provide all the equipment needed. All you need to bring are your clothes and a pillow. We're doing this because we know that drought is really tough for your community, your parents, and you too. And we figure that your experience of drought isn't really dealt with by the drought-support programs we've seen. So, this initiative is very squarely aimed at you. We know times are tough, and we know that sometimes all you need is a break. And guess what? We reckon you deserve it. Well, here it is - hop on board!

We're running four adventures throughout this summer. On each trip, we'll be taking up to ten of you. Together, we'll be crossing rivers, staying at famous High Country huts, and standing atop some of Australia's tallest mountains. Pick-up and drop-off in Hay - first adventure starts in mid-November (probably 22-25 November, to be confirmed with our Hay Community Advisory Group). If this sounds like the break you've been dreaming of, download the booklet and registration forms, and get your parents across the information - you’ll need their permission to come along.

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Program Booklet

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Registration Forms

Why we’re doing this

We can see and feel this drought. And we know from our work in healthcare that resilient communities get through droughts better and bounce back faster. When we saw the UNICEF Drought Report and read about the hidden impact of drought on young people - our future - we started thinking about what we can do to help in a practical way. The report says that young people need a chance to have a break, socialise with other young people, and learn about strategies that boost resilience. So we designed this initiative to do that. We dug into our savings and combined our skills with our passion for the outdoors. You're holding the result in your hands!

How this initiative is funded

Earlier this year, Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network ran an event called "Murrumbidgee Pitch Night". Three finalists had the opportunity to pitch their concept to a room of 100 community members from across the Murrumbidgee region. Each attendee could allocate a total of $900 to the pitch of their choice. The crowd loved our proposal and generously supported this initiative!

Our parents want to give us things but they just can’t and we just know that and don’t say anything. Because it probably hurts them, too.
— NSW Girl, year 11/12, UNICEF DROUGHT REPORT 2019

This activity has been made possible by funding from Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network through the Australian Government’s PHN Program.

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