Cycle of Change nominated for Australia Day award

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8 January, 2019

2018 saw our Cycle of Change program awarded the City of Playford Local Hero Award for Best Training Program, and we are stoked to announce that we have started 2019 strong, with another nomination for Cycle of Change!

As part of Australia Day celebrations, the City of Playford have named Cycle of Change as a nominee for the Australia Day Community Group or Initiative of the Year Award.

These awards recognise individuals, clubs and groups who have contributed positively to the local community through volunteering, supporting community members and hosting local events.

It's always incredibly humbling when the work we do is recognised by local communities and to have this positive outreach acknowledged with an award nomination is no exception.

When our mentors are on the ground, day to day, working with the kids who are part of our programs, we can see first hand how we are helping each young person individually to reach their personal goals and be empowered to re-imagine a future for themselves, and that's why we do it! But the more recognition programs like this can receive, the more opportunity we have to help as many kids as possible going forward, and that's what's going to really make a difference.

Watch this space and keep your fingers crossed we come home with the win!

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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!