In 2017 we raised awareness of the issues faced by Rural and Remote Children, with an emphasis on
Equity of Access to Education for Kids living in the Bush!
The 2017 ‘Horses for Courses’ – Ride for Bush Kids, took place during the NT June/July School Holidays. Two mothers Tiani and Tash rode their horses over 1,000kms spending a month in the saddle! Whilst the distance in excess of a thousand kilometers sounds rather daunting, we did it because that’s an example of distance some Bush Kids living in Remote areas of Australia deal with on a daily basis when it comes to their education.
Families educating their kids in the bush have to face daunting decisions when it comes to their children’s education. The only options available often cause incredible financial and emotional stresses to families; they are costly and can even result in Mum and kids moving to town so that the children can receive an adequate education.
Boarding School, Distance Education/School of the Air or families splitting up with one parent moving to town with the kids are the options available to families living, working and raising a family in Remote Australia. Completing an education can be very challenging when you live so far from your nearest town and we felt the need to share the challenges our rural and remote kids face on a daily basis to get an education.
Tiani and Tash along with their amazing support crew; Rod and Norma Litfin & Marg and Dennis Kelly, 4 horses and 3 support vehicles, took 32 days to make the marathon ride all the way through to Darwin. Firstly up through the Northern Tanami, past Lajamanu and Kalkarinji, onto the Buntine Highway, past Top Springs, across to the Victoria Highway into Katherine and our final leg along the Stuart Highway to Darwin.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED US OUT IN 2017!
All profits from our 2017 ‘HORSES FOR COURSES’ Ride for Bush Kids were donated to the ICPA - Isolated Children’s Parents Association who work tirelessly to ensure all rural and remote students have equity of access to a continued and appropriate education, encompassing children from early childhood through to tertiary. Through your generous support we were able to donate $13,000 to NTICPA.