Eagles RAPS is an alternative education setting for young people who have had difficult times in mainstream school settings. It is located in Doonside Sydney and is dedicated to the prevention of youth suicide by giving opportunities to young people from disadvantaged / dysfunctional backgrounds through education and building self-confidence.
Six of us attended an annual fundraiser function recently for this outstanding organisation. We chatted with a few students and were so pleased to see how much they had changed since we saw them a few months ago. They spoke most positively and enthusiastically about their studies and their employment ambitions. It was so rewarding - because we knew that at least two of them were so depressed with their 'lot' early last year that they had attempted suicide!
The 'warm fuzzy' was enhanced for us when the function MC asked:
"Why is the RC of Ku-ring-gai interested in a bunch of kids in the Western Suburbs? Why did you make the one-hour drive to come tonight?" 'RAPS' - Recognition And Prevention of Suicide' - simply, our members care. Background and Video