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The inaugural PCYC Tasmania Gala Dinner & Ball was held at Wrest Point Casino, on Friday 13th May.

Friends, members and supporters of the organisation were asked to 'Step Up and Step Out'  to celebrate 70 years of PCYC in Tasmania.

It was a fantastic evening including a delicious three course meal, boutique Tasmanian wines and beer, entertainment from local band Australian Made and special guests, as well as amazing auction prizes snapped up by some very lucky bidders.

The evening got of to a booming start with a performance from Launceston PCYC's Taiko Drumming Group which left everyone speechless and set the tone for a night of fun and entertainment. 

A highlight was music from the incredibly talented Zach Spinks.  Zach, a former Hobart PCYC member, wowed the crowd with his guitar set and a special performance on a Mark Gilbert guitar. 

Australian Made was also a big hit and got everyone up and dancing by the end of the night!

The auction saw some very heated bidding action with lucky bidders taking away such prizes and a luxury Bali holiday, a handcrafted Mark Gilbert guitar and some highly contested AFL memorabilia. 

PCYC Ambassador Darcy Lake did everyone proud by very eloquently sharing his story and reasons for involvement in PCYC, an important reminder as to the difference that PCYC can make in young peoples lives.

Overall, the evening was a great success with overwhelming support for the ongoing work that PCYC does in local communities. 

A special thank you to our major event sponsors:  Wrest Point Casino, NAB and Southern Cross.

RECENT unrest in Papua New Guinea has not fazed a group of Tasmanian teenagers who are building up their strength and fitness so they can conquer the Kokoda Track.

Huonville police officer Craig Vermey secured the trip for the 12 students from Jordan River and Huonville high schools through a successful application for a $78,000 Duke of Edinburgh International Award grant.

He will be one of six trip supervisors, with the team also including his Bridgewater-based colleague Senior Constable Byron Howard.

Constable Vermey said the group had talked about the recent violence in Port Moresby but were not concerned about their safety.

"We will only spend one night in Port Moresby in a gated compound before heading out to the track. There is one supervisor for every two kids and our trek guide and myself both have experience working in the Solomon Islands," he said.

Some of the students have been overseas before, but for a few it will be the first time they have left Australia.

"It is scary but exciting," he said this week.

The group will depart on July 7 and have nine days in the mountains.

The trek is 96km and involves 7000m of climbing and descending tracks. They will camp in local villages and visit schools as they wend their way through the mountains

Constable Vermey said he had been training in preparation and dropped 17kg in weight.

"That is abut how much our backpack will weigh," he said.

"We're all currently increasing our strength and fitness by doing regular gym sessions, group fitness classes and bushwalking including walks to local peak Sleeping Beauty to give everyone a taste of what is to come."

The students are aiming to complete the "adventurous journey" component of the Duke of Edinburgh Award, with their trip also supported through Flight Centre Foundation sponsorship.

They will attend a memorial service at Brigade Hill, a dawn service at the Isurava Memorial and visit Bomana War Cemetery, where 3000 servicemen are buried.

Article and photo from the Mercury, 18/06/16:  http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/huonville-and-bridgewater-teens-mega-keen-to-conquer-kokoda/news-story/f53ccf9f3b8e0ab70835b667071281c6 

Constable Craig Vermey, from Huonville's PCYC (centre), along with Huonville High School students, from left, Caitlin Dunne, Lewis Campisi, Tanner Watson, Trousseau Gregson and Emily Griggs.


East Devonport recreation center played host to a different kind of sport during June as area youth strapped on giant inflatable bubbles for a kick of soccer.

The event was put on by Whitelion and the state's Police and Community Youth Clubs for kids considered to be at risk.

"The way I look at it they are either at-risk to themselves, or at-risk to the community," Brendan Hingston, mentor coordinator said.

"Our aim is to build positive relationships with them."

Whitelion runs a mentoring program for kids it's helping out. Mr Hingston matches up a young person between the ages of 10-19 with a volunteer mentor.

Bubble soccer meant mentors and mentees could catch up and socialise.

"The main thing for them is to spend more time with their mentor but at the same time be part of a group and do pro-social activities," Mr Hingston said.

PCYC Tasmania has also supplied a Mobile Activity Centre trailer, packed with sporting equipment, activities and inflatble games like bubble soccer, to the Devenport region as part of their ongoing outreach programs targeted at 'at-risk' youth.  

Article  and image from The Advocate, 20/16/16:  http://www.theadvocate.com.au/story/3973514/bubble-soccer-helping-kids-achieve/ 


1,579 Tasmanian's are currently experiencing homelessness.

PCYC Tasmania CEO Darren Clark took part in the 2016 CEO Sleepout with the aim of increasing awareness about homelessness and raising funds to support Tasmanian's who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Darren joined around 60 other CEOs who participated in the Sleepout, collectively rasing over $130,000 in support of homlessness services and preventative work.



PCYC Tasmania is seeking support for the 2016 edition of the Child Safety Handbook.

The Handbook is an awareness guide for children, parents, teachers and carers that provides up-to-date information on a variety of issues facing young people today such as cyber-bullying, drug and alcohol education and maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle.   

As PCYC Tasmania moves forward with its mission of providing affordable and positive sporting, recreational and social opportunities for at-risk youth, the Child Safety Handbook remains a key tool in demonstrating our commitment to ensuring the health, safety and well being of all of Tasmania's children and youth.

The Handbook is distributed to each Grade 6 student in Tasmania, various community organizations and is also made available to the 6000+ members of PCYC Clubs.  

Reasonable rates and special offers are available for individuals, business and organizations who are looking for advertising opportunities.  

Please contact the Association office on 03 6343 3280 or admin@pcyctas.org for more information.    

A copy of the 2015 edition  Child Safety Handbook can be downloaded here:


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