MJD Foundation

Mens Camp House Reno

In August 2016, the MJDF held a Men's Camp and house renovation at the remote outstation of Ngalawan (near Ngukurr on the Roper River).

This camp was a wonderful opportunity for Groote Eylandt and Roper River Men who are affected by MJD to come together. It was also a great opportunity to do a house renovation for Davis Daniels including making the house wheelchair accessible for the many family members who visit.

This trip was quite a big one with lots of logistics to consider. Camp leaders Bryan Massey and Nick Kenny drove from Darwin out to Ngalawan with the two vehicles packed to the brim. They stopped over in Mataranka to split their journey and collected Hilroy in Ngukurr on the way. Gabriel from Keep Moving also drove out from Darwin with the Aussie Ramps ramp and a load of concrete and tools. They were all joined by some Groote Eylandt men, and had a very busy few days, including:

The outside of the house had to be in Hawthorn colours which took Morag and Nick a few hours to pick the correct colours and quantity required in Darwin. Neither of them had a clue on the amount and did a ‘guesstimate' which in the end worked out perfectly with all the outside paint used and only half a tin of the inside paint left. The inside was painted in a bright blue.

The garden got re fenced and tidied up and had some trees planted. Once all the work was done Simon painted Davis's and Clara's favourite footy team colours for them and it is now known as the Hawthorn house. Since its completion Davis doesn't want to leave, he loves his football house and receives lots of visitors to view it, as it's the talking point of the community.

Thanks so much to YoungCare (who funded the ramp) and GEMCO/South32 (who funded the camp supplies).

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