Young Spirits Dance Group was formed in late 2003, when Gavin O'Shanassy asked around the community if any local Aboriginal children would be interested in learning Aboriginal dance.
There are up to 15 children in the dance group at any given time ranging in age from 6 to 16 years (with their mascot at 20mths). They perform all over Gippsland and even in Melbourne.
All their artefacts, traditional costumes, uniforms, transport, camps are funded by their performances throughout the year, and Ritchies Community Benefit program helps contribute to some of these items.
“It is really rewarding just watching the respect these children have for each other, their culture and from community members especially the pride it brings to our Elders. That's what makes it so special” says Belinda O'Shanassy. Gavin and Belinda volunteer their time and resources to teach and support these children through their cultural journey.
You can help the Young Spirits Dance Group by nominating them to receive a donation through Ritchies Community Benefit Program.
Their CB number is 98964.