We are excited to have this year partnered with Chifley College Bidwill on our Broadening Horizons Program and will again be taking four young women from the high school on the world famous Overland Track in Tasmania.
We have started our training and completed three walks in the Blue Mountains. The walks have increased with difficulty and we we still have quite a journey ahead of us, even before we get to Tasmania, with a number of difficult training walks coming up, as well as 3 overnight walks. We are however confident that we’ll be able to complete these and be physically and mentally prepared for the Overland Track.
It costs $3,200 for each girl to be able to experience the Overland Track in Tasmania and we are currently fundraising for the 2018 Broadening Horizons Program! If you would like to donate to Broadening Horizons 2018 please click here.
In 2016, local young film maker, Daisy Montalvo participated in the program and filmed the experiences of the four young women completing the Overland Track. The amazing film that she made was launched in July 2017 and can be viewed here.
History of the Broadening Horizons project.
Broadening Horizons is a program that BU began in 2012 with leadership from Josh Bleyerveen, the then Youth and Children’s Pastor at BU. The program consisted of regular day trips for young men from Bidwill in order to expose them to parts of life, society and culture that they may not have experienced or had access to in Bidwill. These trips included visits to museums, art galleries and new housing developments, to name a few. In 2013, the program culminated in a trip to Tasmania for four teenage boys who completed the famous Overland Track together with mentor, Josh Bleyerveen. This trip was led by Rev Mel Macarthur, a highly experienced hiker and advocate for environmental awareness. Also on the trek was 16 year old film maker, Josh Wyatt, who filmed the experiences of the participants and later put together a feature film, Beyond Bidwill about the trek that was screened in Bidwill as part of the local Sydney Festival event, ‘FUNPARK’ in 2014.
The film, Beyond Bidwill, continues to be screened in Uniting Church congregations around NSW and further afield as a way of raising awareness of the work that BU does in the very disadvantaged suburb of Bidwill.