Author: Nunkuwarrin Yunti

Tara Budarick – teacher, sportsperson, Ngarrindjeri Woman

Tara Budarick is a teacher at Warriappendi School in Adelaide; she is Ngarrindjeri Woman who grew up on Kangaroo Island in SA. Spending time with Tara at school, you can see the students want to get involved and be active when Tara’s around. She’s a keen sportsperson and great role model for the young Aboriginal students at Warriappendi. Tara shares her experiences of being around smokes, and her dreams of helping others and always living an active and healthy life. What was your experience of smoking as a young person? I have never smoked. I never wanted to smoke. I...

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Don’t ever let anyone tell you, you can’t be someone

I’m Mat. I have a mountain bike, and love getting to the gym whenever I can. I go to school to socialize with friends (oh… and learn things) and over the past few years I’ve been working hard to be fitter, smarter and healthier so I can really do the things I want – I don’t want my dreams goin’ up in smokes! #notupinsmokes Why I don’t smoke… Sometimes school and learning can be stressful, but not if you’re making your own decisions. And one decision I make is not to smoke. Smoking’s not something I’ve ever wanted to...

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No one smokes anymore! Why smoking is SO last decade.

The fact is, the amount of people who smoke cigarettes in Australia is dropping, including among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We’re seeing the effects of smokes on the people we care about and the messages are getting through about why smoking is bad. Most people who smoke are trying to give up. So join the club and don’t smoke or try quitting! About 93% of young people aged 12 to 17 years are NOT current smokers. The greatest drop in smoking rates for Indigenous people in the last 10 years has been in the 15-25 age group. 3 out...

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These 5 young NAIDOC Award winners know a thing or two about achieving dreams…

Earlier this month the 2014 NAIDOC Award winners for South Australia were announced. Huge congratulations to all the winners and in particular to these five inspirational young people who are getting out there and working hard to achieve their dreams! NAIDOC South Australia Young Person of the Year – Jardi Welch Jardi Welch works in SA Police’s State Intelligence Branch. She was nominated for the prestigious award due to her consistently high level work performance and strong involvement in the Aboriginal community. Jardi is active in the community, engaging with young people through her participation in numerous programs. She has played an integral...

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