Think RAPT is proud to support Just Peoples, as a Dovetail Social Impact Partner.
Just Peoples’ projects address global poverty, village by village. They deliver health, technology and women’s empowerment projects at the grassroots level, in communities across Africa, Asia and Central America. They are also working with Indigenous communities in Australia, and we are supporting their Sports and Culture Camps to engage and empower young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders through basketball and cultural activities.
We have chosen to support this program as part of demonstrating our commitment to being active allies for First Nations peoples in Australia. We wanted to support a program that is led by local Elders at a grassroots level.
We knew this program was the one for us because our founder, Renée Hasseldine, wrote her book on Gunai Kurnai land and the program is led by proud Gunai Kurnai man, Ricky Baldwin.
We are proud to be Social Impact Partner, and will support this program in the following ways:
- $10 from every copy of the Get Visual! book donated to the program (purchases through Think RAPT website only)
- 100% of ticket sales from our half day workshops donated to the program
- All proceeds from our book launch in Melbourne on 19th June 2021 donated to the program
- Collecting donations from our customers on behalf of Just Peoples
Each 2 day Sports and Culture Camp for 30 Indigenous and Torres Strait Island children costs $9,110 to run.
Our first goal is to fund at least one camp, through our contributions and fundraising efforts.
The SPORTS AND CULTURE CAMP Program
Funds raised will be used to run camps that engage with and empower the younger generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders through basketball and cultural activities that allow kids the opportunity to play sport and also learn about their own culture and identity.
These Sports and Culture Camps will incorporate basketball skills and drills, health and wellbeing advice and cultural education and activities. The program will:
- Provide participants with a connection to culture, country and community
- Divert participants away from negative interaction with the Justice system
- Provide pathways to higher education and meaningful employment
- Improve physical, social and emotional wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people
- Promote gender equality within Aboriginal and Torres Islander communities and beyond.
The program will be hosted in conjunction with community Aboriginal Elders and in partnership with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait tribes and representative groups, the Local Government Authorities and local basketball associations across Australia.
Meet the Program Leader – Ricky Baldwin
Ricky is a proud Gunai Kurnai man who has been advocating for his people to have access to the same opportunities as everyone else for more than 20 years. His passion lies in giving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people opportunities to participate in and compete in sport, to learn about their cultural heritage and connections to country, and to build the knowledge, skills and resources they need to successfully engage in education and employment opportunities.
Ricky’s mother is a member of the Stolen Generation, a practice that inflicted untold suffering on her and all those who were forcibly taken from their families, and which permeated its way into Ricky’s life through ongoing intergenerational trauma, including frequent violent and abusive experiences as a child and teen.
Ricky’s mother is a woman who loved him dearly, and whom he has loved unconditionally in return, but both their lives were unnecessarily challenging and traumatic. By the time he became a young man, Ricky had experienced the death of a sibling (as well as many others in his extended family), been subjected to physical and sexual abuse by those that he should have been able to trust (again, something that was all too common in his community), and had developed a deep-seated sense of anger and resentment at what the world had thrown at him.
A very promising young basketball player who possessed an exceptional talent and was able to play at an elite level – with the right support Ricky could have taken his basketball career all the way to the NBL. But unresolved trauma from his past continued to manifest itself as anger throughout his early years. This anger, and the continued disconnection from his culture and people due to sporting commitments and circumstances, resulted in Ricky’s life spiralling out of control and into a place of darkness, characterised by lost opportunities and interactions with the law.
This ultimately left Ricky feeling lost and alone in the world. It was with the support of Elders and a psychologist that he was able to reconnect with his culture and understand that his anger did not represent who he was, but rather was due to the trauma he had suffered. Besieged by anger and hurt for too much of his life, in the end these feelings became the light that showed Ricky where his true strengths lied, the healing power of his resilience, and the sense of responsibility that fundamentally sums up his overarching goal in life – doing all that he can to ensure no other Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander child feels as lost and alone as he did.
On a national scale, Rick’s coaching and advocacy has afforded his community many wins that continue to go largely unrecognised. In 2019, he was Head Coach of the Australian Indigenous Women’s team. He has coached hundreds of basketball teams in his career, including many junior teams. As a Coach, Rick has developed very strong relationships with many young people and he continues to mentor them into their adulthood. What drives his passion to mentor Indigenous kids is to provide them with a sense of hope and self-determination that he never had for himself growing u
Can you help us help Ricky and young Indigenous people?