Recently, College students involved in The Good Man Project presented a cheque for $1,000 to special guest, Cherbourg Indigenous elder, Mr Eric Law OAM as a fundraised contribution for the Cherbourg Police Rangers program.
The Cherbourg Police Rangers program is a not-for-profit community organisation, which aims to nurture the relationship between young indigenous children and the local police through early intervention work in the indigenous rural-Queensland town of Cherbourg.
The Cherbourg Police Rangers program is headed up by Mr Law, who the students from the Good Man Project formed a strong connection with during their 2017 indigenous immersion camp in Murgon and Cherbourg.
The students joined together and raised funds for the program through sponsorship for their key rite of passage experience as part of The Good Man Project.
This rite of passage experience was through Tough Mudder, an eight kilometre obstacle course, which tested the students’ mental and physical strength, while signifying their transition from boy to young man.
In accepting the donated funds at a recent NAIDOC assembly, Mr Law said: “We are overwhelmed by the generosity of Mt Maria College, Petrie.”
“Cherbourg Junior Police Rangers receives no government or external funding and this $1,000 will make a huge difference to the young people of our community.
“You are the first school to go to this trouble for our little organisation – we are very grateful and look forward to your visit in September,” said Mr Law.
During the upcoming 2018 indigenous immersion camp for students in Year 9, a visit to the Cherbourg community organisation forms an integral part of the program where students focus on indigenous spirituality.