Somerset Rural Youth Project was established in 1997. SRYP helps young people access training and employment opportunities, challenges the isolation of living in rural areas, provides individual support and advice on a range of issues and encourages participation in positive activities.
Henty Machinery Field Days is Australia’s premier mixed farming event. Located in the heart of the nation’s food bowl in southern NSW, Henty Machinery Field Days is an agribusiness supermarket attracting more than 60,000 visitors each year. The not-for-profit event is farmer driven and run by a board of agriculturalists from southern NSW, supported by 80-plus members of the field days co-operative.
The partnership allowed Dreamfields Youth Performers Maidie Dawson and Lachlan Mitchell to be hosted by Somerset RYP, where they were special guests at Somerset, and met iconic Glastonbury Music Festival creator, Michael Eavis.
Somerset RYP brought 17 year old Duo Oli Crawford-Craig and Lauren Diffey to Dreamfields Festival Henty MFD in September 2017, supported by their SRYP Music Manager.
In May 2018, Mullengandra’s Nick Keogh and Staghorn Flat’s Chelsea Knight go on the UK exchange, and are fund-raising at their schools, Thurgoona Country Club Resort and Hub 62 Cafe, Chiltern.
With the support of SRYP and HMFD, this exchange program provides our rural youth with an international experience which is memorable to participants and enhances their musical potential.
Donations to the Australian Cultural Fund will assist with flight costs, as SRYP host with transfers and accommodation as well as costs associated with their experiences in the UK.
The Creative Exchange program requires a maximum of $10,000 assistance for 2018.
Information on the project is available via firstname.lastname@example.org
All donations over $2 are tax deductible. Thank you for your support.