Giving kids best start

Aaron Tucker is in training for the trip of a lifetime to raise money for young indigenous children, on behalf of Save the Children.
Aaron Tucker is in training for the trip of a lifetime to raise money for young indigenous children, on behalf of Save the Children.

The 30-year-old said the Save the Children trek would be his first time participating in a volunteering adventure trip.

‘It combines raising money for a great cause, challenging myself physically and seeing an awesome place in the world, so I just couldn’t say no really,’ he said.

‘I was lucky to be brought up in a stable family environment and have access to good education and health services.

‘This is not the case with a lot of children in the world and Save the Children is about changing that, so the kids have a good chance at life.’

To prepare, Mr Tucker said he was going on extended walks along the coast, doing cross-fit training and surfing.

‘But I think overall the physical nature of the trip, even after the training, will still be largely challenging,’ he said.

‘Seeing parts of Arnhem Land that are not accessible to the general public is going to be amazing.’

Save the Children national community engagement co-ordinator Janosh Biczok said the participants would observe Dreamtime rock art, swim and hike through remote gorges, cruise the Yellow Waters and canoe the Katherine River.

He said the trip would culminate in a visit to a Playscheme program in Darwin, where the volunteers work with Save the Children’s early education program staff for children of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

‘Early learning is critical to helping children learn and experience new things and learning to share and socialise with other children,” Mr Biczok said.

‘Through supported playgroups in community settings in Wadeye and the suburbs of Darwin, vulnerable and disadvantaged children are given opportunities to learn, grow and prepare for school.’

To donate, go to savethechildrenfundraising.org.au/aaron_tucker.