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The Clontarf foundation exists to improve the education, discipline, self-esteem, life skills and employment prospects of young Aboriginal men and by doing so, equips them to participate more meaningfully in society.
The vehicle for achieving this outcome is Australian Rules and/or Rugby League.
By using the existing passion that Aboriginal boys have for football the organisation attracts them into school and keeps them there.
SWD works in a similar way with their Winds of Change programme. By engaging disadvantaged and 'at risk' youth in sailing programs, teenagers learn to work as a team and build confidence and self-esteem. Some continue their sailing journey by joining SWD's racing programs and begin a life-changing pattern of growth.
In 2014 SWD ran their first intensive Winds of Change program in conjunction with the Clontarf Foundation.
Aboriginal students made the 700km trip from Inverell to enjoy a week sailing on Sydney Harbour.
They learned a number of skills including hoisting and trimming sails, steering, tacking and gybing and of course working as a team.
Highlights included a trip out through the heads, swimming from the boat and time to explore Shark Island.
During the week away the boys were responsible for planning meals and cooking their own food.
For many it was the first time they had been to Sydney and for all of them it was the first time they had enjoyed time on the harbour.
Winds of Change has broadened their horizons and compliments the great work the Clontarf Foundation are doing.
You can see by the smiles on the boy's faces in the video and photos how much they enjoyed the experience.
"An awesome few days on the harbour! The boys haven't stopped talking about it."
Chris McDonald Director INVERELL Clontarf ACADEMY