November 09, 2020
We are Freya and Ashley, Year 10 MLC students. Back in February, the MLC community came together as part of our student-led Bushfire Appeal, with proceeds directly assisting the township of Mallacoota following January’s devastating bushfires.

We are delighted to report that a total of $39,050.00 was raised thanks to the incredibly generosity of our community, including current families and staff, Old Collegians, Parents’ Association and past parents and staff.

Over the past 6 months, we have been liaising with The Mallacoota District Recovery Association (MADRA), with the help of MLC Service Learning Coordinator Ms Heffernan, to determine how to best direct these funds for the benefit of the local Mallacoota community.

We are pleased to update you that we will be donating these funds via MADRA to The Sanctuary; an organisation for young people from the Mallacoota District and the Cann Valley which focuses on peer support, leadership, sustainability and community engagement.

These three youth-led initiatives have been identified as projects MLC will support:

 

1. DRIVE-IN CINEMA PROJECT: 

The drive-in cinema will allow the Mallacoota community to enjoy films and stream online webinars at varying locations through the town. It will involve investing in a portable projector which can be set up at various locations such as The Golf Club, town oval or foreshore.
 
During COVID times, this is an innovative way to meet immediate needs of getting together as a community to recover, connect and consult on recovery decisions while still creatively managing risk and respecting physical distancing measures.
 
The first few events will be organised on a free / donation basis and focus on safe community engagement, youth leadership and indigenous culture, with an opportunity to create a locally owned drive-in cinema social enterprise to raise funds for the community into the future. 

 

2.  FILM & MEDIA PROJECT: 

This is a bushfire and now COVID recovery project involving not only Mallacoota’s youth, but the community as a whole.
 
Film is a powerful way to overcome the isolation of Mallacoota, which has been amplified by the COVID epidemic. By providing equipment such as computers, cameras, sound equipment and access to film industry mentors and workshops, it provides a means to share the diverse perspectives of the bushfire recovery.  

 

3. WILDERNESS COAST PROJECT 

The Wilderness Coast Project will focus on volunteer engagement in marine and coastal management along the coast, particularly between Davis Creek to Bastion Beach.
 
The Sanctuary will host monthly events involving training in environmental and emergency services as well as mentoring in activities such as fishing, surfing and boating. Each activity will conclude with sharing food and music to connect the community to Mallacoota’s culture of participation and communication.
 
More information is available at https://sanctuarymyg.org/portfolio-item/wilderness-coast/ 
 
It is hoped that MLC students who visit our Marshmead campus in the future will have the opportunity to engage in these projects. To learn more you can visit The Sanctuary’s website at  https://sanctuarymyg.org/ or follow them on Facebook or Instagram @sanctuarymyg  
 
On behalf of the MLC Student Bushfire Committee, we thank you again for your support of the Mallacoota community. 
 
Written by Freya Almond and Ashley Ward 

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