HAPPY DAYS WITH HOLLY DAYS

Every Sunday morning, Jo Miller from Tamarama Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC), NSW, drives a bus around the Maroubra/ La Perouse area, picking up kids to make sure that they can take part in the club’s renewed Holly Days Nippers program.

Tamarama SLSC has partnered with Weave Youth and Community Services to offer the Holly Days program, which aims to give Indigenous youth a chance to participate in club activities and help break down cultural barriers in the community. It is organised in memory of Holly Robinson, a member of Tamarama SLSC, who had spent time working with Indigenous kids.

The focus is on teaching kids how to identify potential aquatic-related dangers in a fun and safe environment.

This will allow them to gain an understanding of safe beach and surf practices and empower them to make safe choices. It also creates an opportunity to develop support and social networks and increase confidence and self-esteem while learning about healthy lifestyle choices, fitness and the tradition of volunteer surf lifesaving.

There are currently 10 children in the program aged 9 to 12. Jo and Tamarama SLSC are passionate and committed to the Holly Days program and the benefits that all the kids get out of being involved.

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Positive outcomes

Ben Porter went through the Holly Days program and is now a confident volunteer surf lifesaver. His family are very proud of his accomplishments. His mother, San, told us,

"The Holly Days program has enriched all my children’s lives so much. My daughter Kim is also a lifesaver and my son Alex is in Nippers. The program has helped the kids enormously with their life outside of school, giving them healthy goals and motivation to succeed in life."

Ben is currently studying a double degree in Science and Aeronautical Engineering at the University of New South Wales.

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