PM visit a camp highlight

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
Commander Cath Hayes, Alex Devitt, Isaiah Edmonds, Harry Ashwin, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Keilani West, Graham “Polly” Farmer Foundation CEO Cate Sims meet in the Sir James Stirling Mess at HMAS Stirling.
Camera IconCommander Cath Hayes, Alex Devitt, Isaiah Edmonds, Harry Ashwin, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Keilani West, Graham “Polly” Farmer Foundation CEO Cate Sims meet in the Sir James Stirling Mess at HMAS Stirling. Credit: supplied

Fourteen Aboriginal students from around WA had the opportunity to meet the Prime Minister last week during a two day Navy Immersion Camp.

The students from the Graham “Polly” Farmer Foundation, Clontarf Foundation and Wirrpanda Foundation were given an insight into life in the defence force at HMAS Stirling, the Royal Australian Navy base in Perth, and met the Prime Minster during a visit to the base.

“Meeting the Prime Minister was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and being chosen to represent the Follow The Dream program was a real privilege,” Bunbury Senior High School Year 10 student Keilani West said.

“We felt very special as we were the first people the Prime Minister made time to speak to during his visit.”

The students also took part in a range of exciting activities, including simulated weapons training, a tour of the HMAS Ballarat frigate, mountain biking, Navy-style fitness training and a tour of all on-shore naval support facilities.

The experience is designed to give the students practical knowledge and the understanding they need to make an informed decision about whether they would like to embark on a career in the Defence Force, with 2018 being the running of the camp.

Graham “Polly” Farmer Foundation CEO Cate Sims said learning about career pathways through hands-on experiences was the best way to teach young people what they needed to do to achieve their goals.

“Our aim from this camp is to truly open students’ eyes to the rewards and challenges a career in the Defence Forces could bring,” she said.

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