Putting tal­ent to good youth

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - News - ALICE CLAR­IDGE

THE Der­went Val­ley Fu­ture Ac­tion Team, bet­ter known as D’FAT, has cel­e­brated their 10th an­niver­sary with a num­ber of events dur­ing youth week.

The D’FAT group rep­re­sent the youth of the Der­went Val­ley and are now one of the long­est con­tin­u­ally serv­ing youth groups in South­ern Tas­ma­nia.

‘‘The group are ded­i­cated and pas­sion­ate about the Der­went Val­ley and work to­gether on a range of projects,’’ Der­went Val­ley Coun­cil youth par­tic­i­pa­tion of­fi­cer and a found­ing mem­ber of D’FAT Matt Hill said.

As part of the cel­e­bra­tions the group has been film­ing a doc­u­men­tary on the his­tory of D’FAT, in­clud­ing in­ter­views with past and present mem­bers.

The doc­u­men­tary will also cover ac­tiv­i­ties, projects and achieve­ments of D’FAT since 2002 and is ex­pected to be com­pleted later this year in June.

Sa­muel Wright gave a pre­sen­ta­tion last Fri­day at Carinya Park to open Youth Week 2012, which was fol­lowed by a LAN Party and disco.

‘‘Mem­bers of D’FAT are highly re­garded in the com­mu­nity in­clud-

It is a great way tomake new friends with like-minded peo­ple

ing at New Nor­folk High School, with mem­bers of­ten be­ing of­fered lead­er­ship roles within the school,’’ said Sa­muel.

‘‘We are proud of the Der­went Val­ley and want ev­ery­one who lives here to feel the same way.’’

The group which cur­rently in­cludes 15 mem­bers, meets once a fort­night and is open to any young peo­ple aged be­tween 12 to 25 years in the Der­went Val­ley.

D’FAT mem­bers will also be wear­ing 10th an­niver­sary T-shirts through­out 2012 to mark the oc­ca­sion.

‘‘It is a great way to make new friends with like-minded peo­ple,’’ said mem­ber Jess Shoo­bridge. ‘‘We go away on camps which are re­ally fun too.’’

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