Congrats to our Cycle of Change graduates

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20 December, 2018

In mid December, we honoured our 2018 Cycle of Change graduates in a ceremony dedicated to the celebration of their own individual uniqueness, personal strength, and the significant accomplishment of completing the program. 

Each of our 131 successful alumni received a BMX from DK Bicycles as reward for the guts, strength and determination they displayed over the course of the year, and as a symbol of the power of the positive choices they made in order to complete the program. 

We couldn't be prouder of the team, and on what was an unseasonably rainy December day, the clouds parted and shone down on our graduates just in time for the ceremony to begin. There couldn't have been a more significant image to represent the journey they embarked on throughout the year, coming out the other side of the program stronger, happier and more determined individuals, with a solid skillset to help them achieve their goals going forward.

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Visiting the South East to help change some lives

This week we were fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to connect with our friends from the Keith Area school and Bordertown Primary and High Schools, with another couple of days spent in the South East.

Running through skills workshops and BMX sessions with this group of young rippers was enough to really get us stoked for the year to come. It's such a great privilege to get to know individual kids and help them along their journeys by getting to know their story.

While we were there, we donated some bikes we have been refurbishing with volunteers at Concrete Sessions to some kids who, because of recent circumstances, have been doing it pretty tough. We met young Cam who's family lost everything in a house fire, and it was such a great pleasure to be able to do something small to give them a reason to smile! It really felt like the least we could do for a family who has been through so much.

Seeing a young person like Khloé (pictured left) moved to tears because they have received the gift of a bike is not only incredibly heart warming, but also highlights the many layers of benefit that this opportunity has for the kids we work with. To receive a bike gives a child a reason to get moving, to be excited, to have fun, to make new friends, to learn new skills. It also shows them the community around them believes in them, that they are worth of an investment of time and care. These are all high up in the values we wish to nurture and grow within the community here at LYP!