This morning, the Youth Off The Streets Convoy of Courage departed from Government House, beginning its journey to Bourke.
The Convoy of Courage is the launch of our new Mobile Youth Centre, which will service rural New South Wales towns such as Bourke, Dubbo and Wellington. The Convoy of Courage is a four day convoy starting from Canberra travelling to: Cowra, Wellington, Dubbo and finally Bourke.
The convoy provides the community in each town with the opportunity to show support for the young people in the area, many of whom face incredible challenges including poverty, neglect, emotional and physical abuse, and homelessness.
It’s been a busy morning for Father Chris Riley as he started the day with a live cross with David Koch from Sunrise where he discussed the uses of our new Mobile Youth Centre and the journey of our Convoy of Courage.
The official proceedings began with traditional dances by the Youth Off The Streets dance troupe and a welcome to country from the Youth Off The Streets Director of Aboriginal Services.
His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Ret’d) addressed the crowd praising the initiative, “Inside this truck there’s a helping hand and a brighter future”. Following His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Ret’d), Father Chris Riley spoke of why we started the Mobile Youth Centre. “We really started this up to service the rural community,” he said “we can’t set up a service in every town we are in, but with this truck we can have a service that roams around and can reach these young people”.
X Factor winner Isaiah Firebrace treated guests with a live performance to round out the morning.
Following the formalities, guests were invited to view and tour the Mobile Youth Centre before it was packed up and the convoy kicked off as they headed for Cowra.
Father Chris Riley and Youth Off The Streets would like to thank Lindsay Fox for donating the semi-trailer and Jason Clare MP for his continuing support.