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After 21 years it looks like the Uncle Project will hang up its boots unless there are some enthusiastic young men out there who are keen to come and take over the reins.

The Uncle Project was started by Michael Light in 1997 when he saw a need for young boys aged 6 to 10 to have a positive male role model in their lives. But according to John McKay who has been volunteering for the Uncle Project for around 18 years they have struggled to recruit local men to keep the project going.

‘We needed men to get involved. We needed men who could commit to turning up, men that we could rely on as well as men who were prepared to take over running the program,’ said John.

John says his experience of being an uncle has been life changing.

‘As a local, not-for-profit, locally funded organisation we’ve had a major impact on many peoples lives.

‘When I joined Uncle, it invited me to become the man I am today. To recognise the man I was and then to choose to become the man I wanted to be.

‘We will have to close the project unless someone steps in really quickly.’

The project would need a minimum of four to six committed men  to continue.

Come to the AGM at Byron Bay Services Club at 6pm on Thursday September 26 or you can contact John on [email protected] or call 0407 650 371.


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