I attended WA’s Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) in January and got to share my experience with the Rotary Club of Booragoon (my sponsoring club) last night. Words cannot describe how grateful I am for the opportunity I received and how much I gained from the week long journey.
What do you get when you drop 45 people in the middle of nowhere without their phones for one week?
Madness. It was a challenge for some to leave their beloved phones but as time passed it was a blessing in disguise.
Experience. You completely immerse yourself into the program, which allows participants to grow and push their boundaries.
How many days does it take to change your life?
Eight. Nothing more, nothing less. I experienced the best week of my life surrounded by the most accepting and energetic individuals, which led to such an infectious environment. It’s truly remarkable how we were strangers before camp and yet they have all impacted my life so profoundly.
A special thanks.
RYLA ran smoothly thanks to the incredible people behind the scenes; Roy Philbin, Ron Mildenhall, Jodie Sparks, Sarah Roberts, Adam Watkins, Joanna Kendall, Jim Stephens and Henry Cheetham.
Camp wouldn’t have been the same without the energy and happy vibes given by the FACs (Team Facilitators) each day.
Thank you RYLArians for your support and exploring this journey by my side, for without each and every one of you this experience would have been vastly different.
Lastly, thank you to Kasun and Sony Wijayamanna for nominating me.
A fuzzy side of the preso.
Would I recommend RYLA?
Absolutely. Anyone that is keen to embrace challenges and engage in something different will benefit from RYLA.