Olivia Sorre and Outback to Icecap have set a goal to take over 250 teddy bears onto the Antarctic Ice Shelf to be photographed by a professional photographer, for an attempt to break a world record for “Toys on the Antarctic Shelf.”
Ms. Sorre is looking forward to taking part in a remarkable leadership program called Outback to Icecap: the world’s first Indigenous Leadership Expedition in Antarctica. She will be one of 26 travelling mentors who will be walking alongside eight very inspirational young Indigenous adolescents from all over Australia and all walks of life – Allira, Brandon, Tyson, Cori, Shauna, Mikayla, Brody and Dean.
‘I believe this is a lifetime opportunity for me. It met all of my criteria in being an inspiring leader- the ability to mentor youths, being able to experience Antarctica but above all walk alongside some of the younger Indigenous people. To exchange stories and life experiences with a young person and other travel mentors in such a landmark way is my way of giving back’. It was for these reasons; I just had to put in an application to become a Travelling Mentor.
- Olivia Sorre
The trip itself is later this year where Ms. Sorre and her team will head off to Argentina onto Antarctica for 16 days kayaking, snow shoeing, ice climbing and attempting to climb a peak. The program is led by Beatrice Imbert and Expedition leader Peter Bland (who is the 1st Australian to have walked to the North and South Poles).
Ms. Sorre is currently raising funds to cover travel costs for Brandon and myself as the two are the only SA representatives.
“Register Your Teddy Bear” where your supplied bear will be taken onto the Antarctic Ice Shelf and photographed by a professional photographer. The Teddy Bear Campaign offers a unique opportunity for Australian businesses or organisations contribute to a program that advances the opportunities for Aboriginal youth. Many businesses are keen to raffle their bear upon its return for other charitable purposes and Ms. Sorre is more than happy to make herself available to talk about the trip next year. Click here for the Teddy Bear campaign registration form, and click here for the second part.
The Quiz Night – Silent Auction is on Saturday 8 November 2014 at Clovelly Park Community Centre. Click here to purchase your tickets. Any contribution toward the Quiz Night & Silent Auction (i.e. merchandise, gift certificates, services or cash support) is appreciated. Businesses will be acknowledged to over 200+ guests. All contributions will need to be received by Friday 31 October 2014.
See the Auction Contributor Information form here.
Your contribution will be enhancing the personal growth, self confidence and resilience of indigenous youth and to bring about their evolution as future leaders, role models and messengers of meaning.
You can reach Ms. Sorre on 0487 515 438 if you are interested in any of the activities above or visit the Outback to Icecap Facebook page. Please circulate this amongst your networks. We greatly appreciate your support!