Youth Week on Groote Eylandt was a great success this year. Alyangula Police assisted the communities of Umbakumba, Angurugu and Alyangula with running events for young people during the 2013 National Youth Week, 5-14 April.
The Remote Police Command supplied a Zorb Ball, with Police Airwing flying the ball out to the Eylandt especially for National Youth Week.
Umbakumba, an indigenous community on the east coast held their event at the community oval. Sergeant Peter Winton (Alyangula’s Operations Sergeant) and Senior Constable Marcus Tilbrook (the Eylandt’s Community Engagement Police Officer) were there supporting the East Arnhem Shire Council.
Sergeant Winton and Senior Constable Tilbrook had a good time demonstrating the ball and making sure that all the children had a turn.
Even though the oval was mown especially for the occasion, the ball unfortunately still managed to pick up a couple of punctures. Luckily the medical team from the Umbakumba Clinic where on hand and provided surgical tape so repairs could be successfully carried out.
In Angurugu, Sport and Recreation staff Robbie Williams and Lisa Orcher ran an event at the Shire Council’s Hall where 30 children enjoyed activities including face painting and a water slide.
Senior Constable Merwan Kazem helped the Groote Eylandt and Milyakburra Youth Development Unit (GEMYDU), who run youth diversion programs on the Eylandt.
The Alyangula event was held at the GEMYDU Sport and Entertainment Centre. Fun was had by children and adults with face-painting and athletics taking place, plus a bouncing castle and a food and drink canteen.
With the help of the always popular Zorb Ball, the weeks events were a great success and the local Police were happy to assist.