A leap of faith, a coin or term of phrase that is used when someone is putting their faith into something, whether it be a friend to support you in time of need, a colleague to support the workload when you’re under the pump. Perhaps, most relevant to me is when the term is used in reference to a new relationship. Yeah I’ve been burned badly in the past and dated A LOT of question marks, however I often find myself asking the question: “Will I be able to take the leap of faith when I meet ‘the one?’” I hope so! My name isn’t Optimist 101 for nothing people 🙂
So I got the thinking recently about steps that others deal with in their lives, I am a firm believer that ever thing is relative in context. Confused? Let me explain: We know I’ve had issues with IVF etc and had to have some pretty serious operations, all my friends used to say to me that their trivial issues seem to fail in comparison… this really annoyed me as we are all on this Earth living out our lives, we all have grudges to bear and we all have our own shit to deal with (deal with being the operative word as in my experience you do just do that, it’s almost like you go onto auto pilot).
If someone has been in a long term relationship and their world comes crashing down around them when they’re broken up with, it can be just as confronting for someone who doesn’t hear back from a guy they fell for after six dates.
It is all about taking that leap of faith and moving on, to ensure that we’ve lived the life we’ve imagined – what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger right?
So imagine how completely moved I was when I came across an event that is taking place in the city this week. It is a yearly event that I discovered this time last year and the event is Sir David Martin Foundation’s Abseil for Youth. The Sir David Martin Foundation is a non-profit organisation created by the late Governor of NSW, Sir David Martin, who had a dream of “safety, hope
and opportunity for all young Australians”.
The Abseil for Youth event will see 200 members of the Australian public take a leap of faith, off the side of the humongous AMP building in Sydney’s CBD, the difference being, they’re not just doing it to get their kicks and a massive adrenaline rush, they’re doing this to raise some much needed funds for the foundation that helps towards funding programs to better the lives of youth
The Foundation’s major fundraising project is Triple Care Farm, which helps 100 young Australians every year who have been affected by issues such as substance abuse, mental illness, family breakdown, violence and juvenile crime.
Information about the participants can be found at: http://www.gofundraise.com.au/event/urbandescent2011
The abseil takes place in stunning Circular Quay off the top of Sydney’s first skyscraper, thanks to the support of AMP on 21 & 22 October 2011, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m
It is these youths that are taking a leap of faith with Triple Care Farm, which is Foundation’s major funding project situated on 100 acres of land at Knights Hill, near Robertson. Every year the farm helps rehabilitate 100 young Australians from problems such as substance abuse, mental illness, family breakdown, violence and juvenile crime.
Last they received 6,000 enquiries for Triple Care Farm; however with capacity for only 100, for every person that is helped by the Sir David Martin Foundation, 59 miss out. Abseil for Youth is a great example of the way the Sir David Martin Foundation raises funds to expand the program and help more people.
Rehabilitation VS Detention
Rehabilitation has been proven to be:
- Mor cost effective – In 2009-10, it cost $232 per day for each student at Triple Care Farm, while the most recently published cost of holding a young person in detention was $556 per day*.
- More successful – Recent studies have shown that holding children and young people on remand actually increases the risk of them re-offending**.
* Audit Office of NSW, 2007
** NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics, 2009
So why don’t you take a leap of faith and help to support this worthy cause?