Students at Crescent Head Primary School are the first to participate in a new poultry programme that is designed to curb anti-social behaviour amongst vulnerable families.
The programme is an initiative of the former Principal of Macleay Vocational College Jann Eason.
“The Rare Breed Poultry Challenge is a means of working with young people to develop a care for animals and respect for life,” Ms Eason said.
“Everybody knows that engaging with other living things, whether it be people or animals, is a way to change behaviours.”
Ms Eason is currently working with staff at Crescent Head Primary School to determine the right structure of the programme for their school, which is planned to be rolled out to other schools in the region in the future.
“We’re currently looking at the whole spectrum of what can be done, whether it’s having a couple of backyard birds for the children and families to engage with, incubating eggs or presenting the birds in shows,” Ms Eason said.
“A lot of children in this area haven’t ventured further north than Coffs Harbour or south of Taree. They have no idea of what a royal show looks like. We encourage kids to get involved in the project. If they’re involved and help care for the birds then they will be able to go to the shows.”
Ms Eason said funding from the ETC Community Support Fund had made the project a reality.
“We’re using funding from ETC to purchase pens, seed to feed the birds, training for children, supervisors and carers (both formal and informal) and for the showing of the birds,” Ms Eason said.
“It wouldn’t have been possible to do this project without the assistance from ETC.”
ETC Director Lorraine Mouafi said it was pleasure to support Ms Eason’s company, Victory in Choice Inc. and the Rare Breed Poultry Challenge through the ETC Community Support Fund.
“The fund is designed to help organisations improve the social and economic development of local communities and we are confident the money we are donating will help make a more positive future for our community,” Ms Mouafi said.
“Since 1989, ETC has placed over 51,000 Australians into jobs, trained more than 23,000 people, helped over 34,000 small businesses to start-up and grow, and contributed in excess of $25 million to the local communities in which we operate.”
The latest round of the ETC Community Support Fund is now open and closes on Sunday 31 August.
Visit http://enterpriseandtrainingcompany.com.au/csf/ for more information and/or to apply.