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10 November 2008

FRCA invited to International summit in Australia.

Young people from Hull to sing at CREATE Foundation summit in Sydney, Australia, in February.

Following the performance the young persons band Freedom Road gave at the 8th International Care Matters Conference at Keble College Oxford, they have been approached by the CREATE Foundation in Australia to attend and perform at a summit in Sydney in February.

The summit (15th – 17th February, 2009) to which Australian Premier, Kevin Rudd, has been invited will take place over three days including a conference dinner on the Tuesday evening where Freedom Road will provide the entertainment, performing songs from their two EP’s ‘All My Life’ and ‘Song for Wilberforce’, as well as three new songs they will be releasing in Australia.

Jacqui Reed from the CREATE Foundation, who invited the band to the summit after seeing them perform in Oxford, said watching Freedom Road perform would inspire the young people within their organisation.

The CREATE Foundation is a national Australian organisation that was established back in 1993, operating independently in each state and territory. In 1999 they became one national organisation under the CREATE umbrella.

They are the only national organisation that supports children and young people in care in Australia. Many others provide placements, support and counselling but they are a direct service provider of empowerment programs and a peak advocacy body influencing government policy.

“It seemed that there were a lot of synergies between our two organisations, and I loved the way in which the kids are inspiring others, totally amazing! This is a very exciting project, one of which I am sure will be a huge success for the young people involved and also a great message for the young people in care generally to work together to achieve change and reach their potential as individuals” said Jacqui, CEO at CREATE.

Ian Bolton, Manager of the Freedom Road Creative Arts charity (FRCA) is also looking forward to the trip: “I think Freedom Road going over to Australia would be life changing for some of the young people in the group. Many of them have never been on holiday before let alone out of the country and it will prove to them that the process of hard work and dedication can result in amazing opportunities”.

Whilst there the two charities will also be able to share activities, presentations, stories and best practice surrounding foster carer training which both organisations perform, CREATE being the only provider of this in Australia.