This year Reach is offering a limited number of supporters the chance to be part of the Reach Larapinta Trail Challenge. Trekkers will explore the wild and rugged West MacDonnell Ranges from 31 August to 7 September 2013.
This is a unique opportunity to raise funds to support Reach’s work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and take on a personal challenge – five days trekking in Australia’s spectacular outback, including a dawn climb to the top of Mount Sonder.
This will be a physical, emotional and spiritual journey, featuring unforgettable Reach experiences, including the opportunity to participate in a Reach school workshop in Alice Springs.
Our Trekkers in 2012 described this experience as one of the highlights of their week.
"Thank you for creating one of the most exceptional experiences of my life. I feel honoured to have been a part of such a challenging yet inspiring trip".
Two Reach Facilitators will be joining the Challenge, which will be led by experienced guides from World Expeditions.
The Reach Foundation
Reach’s school and community workshops are designed to promote the mental health and emotional wellbeing of young people (10 to 18 years old).
Each year, there are close to 60,000 instances of participation by young people in our programs, from over 600 schools and communities across Australia.
Our purpose is to create safe and supportive spaces where teenagers can connect and share stories honestly; spaces where they can experience belonging, discover their strengths, and build their self-efficacy and resilience.
Importantly, Reach workshops are preventative in nature. They aim to build self-efficacy among young people – by supporting them to develop the social and emotional skills they need to be resilient and make positive life choices.
It’s been shown that by developing these protective factors in adolescence, the impact of serious problems and disadvantage later in life – like depression, substance abuse, homelessness and suicide – can be reduced.