Volunteers in Action
Kerrie Anderson, a Visual Arts school teacher from the Gold Coast of QLD, is a keen supporter of ICV. So much so that she recently decided to get involved in a more hands-on way.
Her first experience as an ICV volunteer took her thousands of kilometers from home, to Yanyuwa country and the community of Borroloola, on the eastern coast of the Top End of the NT.
The community asked her for help at Waralungku Arts Centre on an art and cultural heritage project.
Kerrie spent two rewarding weeks in community, guiding teenage girls in the curatorial aspects of gallery operations. She helped them increase their self confidence to manage the centre operations, and also to produce their own creative artworks for sale through the centre.
Kerrie also worked with locals as part of a team making props for the upcoming dance festival, which was one of the highlights of her time in Borroloola.
"Being a thousand kilometers from the nearest city in a location which is host to the saltwater croc sets the scene for adventure! I was there in the lead up to the annual dance festival which was preceded by daily dance workshops for the local kids on school holidays. They were bussed in from surrounding areas each day for a week. The atmosphere was electric!"
What stuck in my mind most was seeing the joy on the kids’ faces when they were taking part in well planned, challenging activities like contemporary dance classes and creating art.”
Kerrie’s first volunteer project with ICV also taught her more about life in Indigenous communities. “The partnership of ICV volunteers and community is a two way process, with things to be learnt and gained for both. The positive and all encompassing involvement of the Elder women in the lives of their extended families is both inspirational and extraordinary”, Kerrie says.
Thanks to Kerrie and all our other skilled and experienced volunteers who are making a positive and long lasting difference to the lives of Indigenous communities.