The young people at Triple Care Farm inspire me in my role at Sir David Martin Foundation. Meeting Matthew* on one of my recent visits to the Farm was particularly inspiring.
I recently joined one of the Foundation’s Ambassadors, Ben Savva on a visit to Triple Care Farm. Ben, the NSW State Boxing Champion, regularly visits the farm to run training sessions with the students, encouraging them to look after their physical health and fitness. The students really enjoy Ben’s visits and it’s great to see so many smiles as they get involved.
On this most recent visit, there was a young man, Matthew*, who was watching the other students train, preferring to stick to the sidelines and just take everything in. This is when we began to chat.
Matthew had only just arrived at Triple Care Farm that week and was still getting settled. He was in a new environment, learning to fit in with a group of people he had never met before, adjusting to the TCF program. He was beginning his journey to overcome addiction.
At first quite shy, Matthew soon became more comfortable, chatting to me about his decision to go to Triple Care Farm. Experimenting with drugs began as something to do, before he knew it, he was addicted. His addiction resulted in mistrust and hurt for his family, and, after being arrested one night on a high he knew he had a problem.
It took him a while before he actually applied for Triple Care Farm, and even then he would make excuses in his head. But when a place became available he decided to give it a try.
He said that during these early and difficult days in the program he keeps reminding himself it will be worth it in the end.
As Matthew spoke to me about how it felt to be ‘the new guy’ at the Farm, it really made me think about the extent the students push their comfort zones to change their lives. The commitment it takes to continue through the difficult days and not give up is really inspiring.
Meeting Matthew and other students at TCF inspires me in my role at the Foundation. Matthew was committed to changing his life, despite the difficult and sometimes lonely days he was facing as he settled into the Farm. He was determined not to give up. I think there is a lesson in that for all of us.
*Name changed to protect the young person's identity