Post event summary

On Friday 18 March 30 year 10 students attended a Leadership Development Weekend hosted by Cystic Fibrosis Victoria. Rotary’s Camp Getaway, situated 15 minutes from Bendigo, was the venue chosen for the weekend

There were a range of speakers on the weekend and the first on Friday night was Karin Knoester, CEO of Cystic Fibrosis Victoria. Karin has 20 years not for profit experience having worked at World Vision and The Gawler Foundation. She shared her beliefs on Leadership and highlighted her time spent with two exceptional young leaders. Hugh Evans, who is an Australian humanitarian and the co-founder of both The Oaktree Foundation and the Global Poverty Project, and Grace Acayo who was a child soldier in Africa.

Speaker two was Elke Gjergja a registered psychologist who has held numerous leadership roles in the occupational health industry and is currently General Manager of corporate services for IPAR, a National occupational rehabilitation provider with over 300 staff. Elke oversees HR, Quality & Compliance, Health & Safely, Service Excellence, Marketing & Communications and special projects & Tenders for the business with a team of nine.

Elke’s presentation featured leaders in her own life, what she believes the qualities of good leaders are and an indepth examination of polar explorer Shackleton. The students were asked to work in groups and really discuss and hone in on the leadership requirements Shackleton would have needed on his failed expedition with 27 men in tow.

Following Elke was Marianne Langridge  a Chartered Accountant and Project Management Professional with a background in IT Risk Management and Project Risk Management.  She has worked with clients including KPMG, NAB, GlaxoWelcome, Department Of Defence and Bendigo Bank. Her current role is Project Portfolio Manager at Medibank, working closely with Strategy to prioritise and execute projects.

Marianne shared with the group the do’s and don’ts of project management. She also gave the students a great run down on how to manage a project including considerations such as risk management and stakeholder engagement.

In the afternoon, Kristy Hunt, a mother of two children with CF shared her story with the students and what life is like managing this terrible disease. There was not a dry eye in the room when she told us how her five-year-old had asked her when he was going to die.

On Sunday morning Ophthalmologist Dr Steve Heery shared his engaging story. After a lacklustre effort at school he went back to study year 12 when he was 23 and went onto study medicine. In second year uni however he had another setback experiencing issues with alcohol and was hospitalised. At this point in his life he decided to never drink again and hasn’t for 35 years. Fred Hollows asked Steve to join this team and he worked with Fred for many years. Steve’s story highlighted to the students that opportunity does knock twice and if you fail at something but really want it you need to continue to pursue your goal.

Throughout the weekend the team from CFV presented workshops and other activities to keep the students learning and developing. Activities included recognising your talents and creating your own talent shield. Coming up with your own Mission Statement after analysing what three verbs that struck a chord with the student.  After looking at some famous quotes from leaders we also spent some time coming up with a long list of leadership characteristics.

The students heard about the parable about a chicken and an eagle which describes how what we believe impacts what we become. Most surprising and delightful was the talent quest part of the Trivia Night. There were over 13 acts this year including a dancer, an impersonator, a singer accompanied by guitar, poetry readings and a piano solo to name but a few. Everyone supported one another and it was a fantastic part of the night.

On Saturday morning after getting to know one another a little, the students were split up into groups of five and asked to work on a fundraising and awareness project idea for CFV. Over the weekend they had three sessions to work together to come up with their concept, A2 poster and presentation. Students from all different schools were mixed in together for this project. The idea was to recognise each other’s strengths and come up with a creative idea to raise awareness for CF and CFV and also raise funds to support their programs and services.

Each student was given $1000 as a budget for expenses to use on the project. Late on Sunday morning each group presented their concept to the rest of the groups and to a panel of five judges.  They did this by producing an A2 poster using cut outs and drawings and the winning team received a Village movie voucher for each member valued at $50.

Some of the ideas created by the teams included:

  • A large production about CF with schools from around Melbourne involved
  • Red Rose Benefit concert
  • Hunting for CF – easter egg and rose hunt
  • 65 Roses Live benefit concert
  • Breathe for CF run
  • Second hand clothing/book sale and donated art auction plus a 65 Roses Mural

Cystic Fibrosis Victoria hope to continue the relationship started with the schools that attended the weekend. Four students from the camp have already signed up to do work experience with CFV which is fantastic. Felicia Welstead and Lauren Marie will be visiting the schools in term 2 to see how the schools can get further involved in our charity.

We would like to thank the Rotary Club of Keilor East for their help on camp, as all meals were cooked by a team from this club. Without them it may have been baked beans for every meal! CFV would also like to thank the teachers and students for making this weekend possible. Without your enthusiasm and commitment, we could not run this event.

 

Cystic Fibrosis Victoria hope to continue the relationship started with the schools that attended the weekend. Four students from the camp have already signed up to do work experience with CFV which is fantastic. Felicia Welstead and Lauren Marie will be visiting the schools in term 2 to see how the schools can get further involved in our charity.

We would like to thank the Rotary Club of Keilor East for their help on camp, as all meals were cooked by a team from this club. Without them it may have been baked beans for every meal! CFV would also like to thank the teachers and students for making this weekend possible. Without your enthusiasm and commitment, we could not run this event.