Slowly, over 3 months, with counselling and therapy, care and attention, those knots are painstakingly unravelled. The young people learn to cope with their past experiences and their mental health problems. They learn to live healthy lives, free of addiction. They fill in the gaps in their education, are helped to find safe places to live, and assistance in entering further education, jobs or apprenticeships.
Every December a unique Graduation ceremony is held to celebrate their achievements. For most of these young people, who missed out on a proper education, it might be the first and only graduation they attend.
This year we will hear from Graduates and parents about the transformations made possible through your support. Set in a breathtaking location at the top of the Illawarra escarpment, Triple Care Farm Graduation is a real celebration – something we can all be proud of. I recall the camaraderie – every guest, whether a donor, a volunteer, a supplier, a staff member, a supporter, had all taken some role in helping these young people change.
I will report back on the 2013 Graduation next year and trust you’ll feel proud to have played a part in the wonderful stories of transformation. Thanks for your support during 2013 and I hope we can continue to help young people in crisis in the years to come.