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Indigenous Minister and member for Hasluck Ken Wyatt was thanked by Quinton Tucker for funding that allowed a group of children from The Koodoormitj Institute to go on a trip to the Pilbara.

Disadvantaged kids given trip of a lifetime

By Rebecca Peppiatt

A group of disadvantaged children from Midland and Swan View are taking part in a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Pilbara this week, thanks to funding from Indigenous Minister and member for Hasluck Ken Wyatt.

The Koodoormitj Institute, based on William Street, Midland, engages youths in the region through sport, after school and weekend programs.

On October 1, 32 children were taken on a week-long trip, called the Deadly Spirit Tour, looking at the rich Pilbara heritage and engaging with other youth from the local area.

For many, it will be their first time on a plane and their first time out of the Perth region.

“What we want to do is inspire our youth, to give them a sense of achievement, but most of all to give them a new experience out of this location,” program director Quinton Tucker said.

The children range in backgrounds from 14 different nationalities.

Mr Wyatt, who gifted the group $95,000 from the government’s Local Investments Program, said the trip would have a life-changing impact.

“Opportunities like these can have a profound impact on our youth, particularly in supporting their mental health and social wellbeing.”

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