The Reconciliation Collaborative acknowledges the traditional owners of country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. The Collaborative pays respect to all traditional owners and their cultures and to their elders both past and present.
The Rory McCaffrey Reconciliation Fund was established by Rory’s family and friends following his unexpected death on 29 December 2011 in a car accident. Rory died just two days before his 17th birthday. His friends have described him as a genuine, kind, insightful, often hilariously funny and inspirational young man. He had an ability to think freely, feel deeply and enjoy simply.
Rory had a strong sense of social justice that was consolidated through his secondary education. He had the opportunity to attend an exchange program at Shalom College in Townsville in year 9 and a two week Aboriginal immersion called Desert Tracks in year 10. Both experiences had a profound impact on his values and thinking. Rory was shocked that two worlds exist within our Australian community. He came home with an understanding of how much should be learnt from Aboriginal heritage and culture.
What we have learnt from Rory is that individual views are the basis of social change and that they are shaped by exposure to people and issues. The Reconciliation Collaborative specifically aims to support and promote friendship and respect between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal young people to create a new generation of change. As individuals, complex social issues can seem daunting but by collaborating anything is possible.
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