Fun and education for Jigalong children

19 October 2016

Children at the remote aboriginal community of Jigalong enjoyed some fun and games recently, with visits from two groups providing health and education programs.

Jigalong is located 170km east of Newman, on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert in our state's Pilbara region.  About 58 local children took part in the events over 3 days, using our remote aboriginal swimming pool in the community as the base for their activities.aboriginal children with Fairgame leaders building a human pyramid

The visiting groups were Fairgame and Rustic Pathways. Fairgame is an organisation that collects and recycles sports equipment, visiting children in needy communities to deliver the equipment and provide education in its safe use. They provide children with fitness and education programs that aim to reduce the risk of lifestyle related disease, build social cohesion and improve mental well-being.

Rustic Pathways offers programs for high school and 'gap year' students, including a Learning Journey which visits remote Aboriginal communities to take part in social, education and infrastructure projects. 16 teenagers from Sydney were in the group visiting Jigalong and the students interacted with the local children, providing daily activities for them.

Jigalong Remote Pool Manager Tracye Sykes says "It was fantastic to see the way the children interacted with the visitors, and enjoyed the activities provided. It was also great to see our pool facility used as a venue for such a positive community program."

To find out more about our Remote Aboriginal Swimming Pool program click the link below.