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Regarding a moving and beautiful event that took place on the weekend of 4–6 May:

My hope and belief is to promote the work that has taken place with young initiated men to the wider community and to let people know that there are men that are prepared and willing to step up and be accountable for supporting, encouraging and engaging with the teenagers of this community.

I believe the message needs to get out to wider community because there are a lot more teenagers out there that need support and a space to safely share.

I want to thank everyone involved in making the weekend young men’s camp happen (the first of its kind in the north coast region). What started with one or two young men interested in coming together ended up in being eight aged from 14 to 24 years, with others wanting to come and not able to make it because of short notice. All had been through a conscious rite of passage, either through Pathways or Raising Men programs.

Big thanks to the leaders who volunteered their time to attend, some staying for the whole weekend, some staying for as long as they could – it didn’t matter; your presence was most welcome.

Big thanks to businesses and individuals that were able to support the work with donations of food.

I am filled with gratitude and a knowing that this is only the beginning and when we can all focus on what is real, necessary and important in our lives beauty can happen and an environment of support and encouragement can be fostered.

I chose not to connect this camp with any particular alliance; for me it was just necessary that the work happened and I look forward to the ongoing success of young initiated men coming together to connect and share.

John Imbrogno
The Rite Connections


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