Putting talent to good youth
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.’’