This is the story of a 12-year old who learned something about what we too often consider the little things in life. It’s also about how he witnessed, and helped, an 8-year old South Sudanese refugee, Rabin, transform into Spider-Man. Magic happens at our Connect4Good sessions, and Zayne, 12, tells it like it is:
“This past Sunday I went rock climbing with children who are refugees, through a Kids Giving Back program called Connect4Good. The children’s families fled South Sudan due to war and came to Australia for a better life and freedom from violence. I was excited to be paired up with Rabin, an 8 year who loves soccer. At first it wasn’t easy to communicate with him because he was shy, which is totally understandable.
We asked each other questions to help us get to know each other better and one of them was “have you ever rock climbed before?”, to which he answered “no”. Just after a good five minutes of teaching him he completely transformed into Spider-Man. He was a natural and as brave as a lion. If he saw the climax way up high, trust me there’s nothing you can do to stop him. It turns out I was more scared for him than he was for himself!
What surprised me the most was how happy he was, in fact he was beaming as he climbed every wall in the place. I throw tantrums if my Wi-Fi isn’t working, in fact I might even cry! Rabin is happy even though his family has been through hard times. Although I thought that the reason for this volunteer opportunity was to make the refugees happy, it made me so happy too and taught me to be grateful for all the little things in life, because for some people the little things are not so little”.
Zayne’s mum Ruchika adds: “Connect4Good really has helped me help Zayne understand the value of giving back. Kids Giving Back is changing lives, not only for the refugees, but for those who volunteer!”
Kids Giving Back is hugely grateful to Grace Gives Community Grants https://www.grace.com.au/grace-gives/ for providing support for Connect4Good. Our program continues throughout 2017 and all sessions are fully booked. Connect4Good is a unique, monthly program, developed and run by Kids Giving Back for 8-13 year olds. It involves volunteering or connecting with a community facing daily challenges, and the focus is on physical activity, social engagement and fun http://kidsgivingback.org/Connect4Good2017.pdf
If you would like your children to participate in Connect4Good 2018 please send your details to firstname.lastname@example.org and write Connect4Good in the header – we will add you to our mail list. We generally release dates either late 2017 or early 2018 and sessions sell out very quickly. Please note this program is specifically for 8-13 year olds.