Umoona Tjutagku Health Service Aboriginal Corporation is again running the COBRA (Coober –Oodnadatta Bike Ride Adventure) for 2013.
With the slogan ‘We Did It! – Take the Challenge’, Umoona Health’s COBRA team leaves from the new Drug and Alcohol Day Centre at 1pm on Monday, September 2 to travel to Oodnadatta where the ride begins.
Over three days, 10 males and 10 young enthusiastic boys with 10 support crew will ride mountain bikes 200 kilometres across the dirt road from Oodnadatta back to Coober Pedy.
Local Aboriginal Police officers will be a part of the team.
Last year’s inaugural ride attracted national attention which was viewed overseas as well.
Life Set Free photographer, Dave Laslett from Adelaide will again document the journey and experience to be used to inspire others to ‘Take the Challenge’ in years to come.
Camping three times along the way there will be mentoring and drug and alcohol messages to all participating.
Sitting around the camp fire is the time to ‘get real’ and talk about life and a ‘way to get a positive vision of the future’.
It could be hot this year but riders will all ride in the coolest parts of each day.
As part of UTHSAC’s innovative and holistic approaches to drug and alcohol problems, riders will benefit from:
• The exercise;
• A sense of accomplishment and industry;
• developing mentoring and positive peer relationships with service providers and individuals attending eg SAPOL;
• enjoying nutritious food;
• acquiring cultural understandings and generally feel more connected to the land and better about oneself.
• An increased sense of Identity;
• Psycho social education regarding Drug and Alcohol messages each evening;
• Group cohesion and team building exercises;
• Increased mechanical knowledge in regard to bike maintenance;
• Developing tenacity to assist in challenging life circumstances;
• Healthy understandings about Relationships
Sponsored by IMX Resources, Oz Minerals, AHCSA, Medicare Locals, Crusts Outback Bakery, ADAC, Mount Barry Station (providing steaks and hot showers) and IGA, Coober Pedy, the ride attempts to use a camp fire setting and exercise for fun and meaningful educational moments.
Paul Elliott from the Aboriginal Health Council and Byron Wright from ADAC (Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council) from Adelaide will be joining the ride to provide drug and alcohol messages about the impact of drug and alcohol on individuals, families and the body, soul and spirit.
Paul Butler from Dream Australia is also making a documentary of remote workers’ contribution to local communities.