First Big Day Out for 2014!

August 2014


The 10th of May saw the first the Big Days Out for 2014.  Seventy teens arrived at Melville Bowling with their mentors, dressed as the person who most inspired them. Melville Bowls was awash with colour and conversation about what makes an idol and there were a range of ‘inspirators’, from firefighters, to doctors, to surf lifesavers and sports stars!  When the day got rolling there were some impressive (some bumper assisted) high scores and there were high-fives all over the place. It made for a great vibe and action packed start to the day!


Following the bowl-fest, the teens and mentors headed down to the Esplanade for a picnic lunch in the park. There was a massive Easter egg hunt and it was no surprise that it was a huge hit. Not even a bit of rain could bring dampen the hunter’s spirits as they eagerly filled their backpacks, pockets and themselves to the brim.

After lunch, the teens split into groups and completed a range of team building and problem solving activities to get brains into action. They had to work together in designing and engineer a weight-bearing bridge out of straws, strut their stuff in a newspaper creation fashion show and paint a collaborative, abstract ‘inspired’ mural. The teens were also guided to develop and understand the importance of goal setting through a few exercises. They spent time with their mentors drafting a list of SMART goals and contemplating where they would like to be and what they wanted to achieve in the next ten years.


To conclude the day, the teens listened to a guest speaker about her involvement in volunteering and simply contributing to a range of community programs, locally and abroad.  Lucy Gunzburg told us her travels stories of volunteering in Africa and the importance and value of simply being involved in the community.  We all felt moved after realising how little some people have, but were touched to see that it couldn’t wipe the smile off the African children’s faces who had such a positive outlook on life! 

Before going home, we said a HUGE thank you to Roxy for being an incredible UCFT ambassador and President who is such an inspiration to so many!  We presented her with the murals, painted by the teens that day, to show everyone’s appreciation for all her hard work .


It was such a privilege to be involved and it was an unforgettable day with so much fun. I hope every else had a ripper of a day too! Keep up the fantastic work UCFT!!!!

Keep it real. See you at BDO #2!