Leshawn & Deon (both aged 10) are from the Wugularr School in the Beswick community about an hour east of Katherine, NT. They are here along with 18 other kids & 4 teachers for Wugubank week where the Penbank School community gather with our friends from the Wugularr School. This is the first time the boys have been to see us but Henry has been lucky enough to have visited the Wugularr School to stay twice over the past two years. There is no doubt that Wugubank week enriches all involved and at Penbank we believe that our authentic relationship with our Wugularr friends truly supports “reconciliation in action”.
They had a blast – special forever memories were made. A big thanks to Rod Austin & the MYC team for making it happen. Leshawn had been on a boat once in Katherine with Henry last year and Deon had never been on a boat until last night! Kylie Heron
Below is Steve's story of the day........
With the help of the 3 boys, we moved a few RHIBs around and eventually put Racer X in the water using the crane.
The boys experience with boats is very minimal - one having been on a boat once, the other - never.
All aboard! The three boys, Lynne, Kylie and I motored out of the harbour in glassy, sunny conditions whilst looking at a couple of the keelboats still in the water. It was agreed amongst our crew during a quick meeting that the steering wheel on Obsession needed to be so big ‘maybe because his eyes weren’t so good’!
We motored off to the end of Mills beach, took in the sights and studied the bottom of the bay right in close - looking for fish and other creatures. We saw a few fish, and 11 armed Sea Star and a school of fish being chased by gulls.
Henry Heron - an old MYC salt - was my fantastic first mate for the afternoon and assisted with launching, retrieving, tying up the RHIB, making sure the boys had their PFDs on and letting them know things whilst we were ‘at sea’. Well done Henry!
The afternoon was truly rewarding for all on-board, and as part of Team MYC I was very proud to have been able to help these boys realise one of their dreams in our magical part of the world.
Thanks very much to the Club for their generosity and making this adventure possible for the boys from the Wugularr School.