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Student story — Latu

After losing her parents in a car accident and with 5 siblings to look after, Latu needed the support and guidance of Eagles RAPS Inc.

My name is Latu and I have worked very closely with the Eagles RAPS Youth Centre for the last 14yrs, and they have played a big part in who I am today and what my family has grown to be.

I am the eldest of six children who have lived in the Doonside area for most of our lives, and we were orphaned in April 2000 when both our parents were killed in a car accident not too far from our family home. At this time my siblings and I were aged between 17yrs and 8yrs old, and what most would imagine should have been the most testing time of our lives became a smooth transition to our next chapter when Marten & Sally Wynd and their family became a part of our life.

“In April 2000 both our parents were killed in a car accident”

We have enjoyed all the services and activities that Eagles provides as a part of the Youth Centre, my Brother and I both completed courses through the OTEN program that Sally and Scott run through the Youth Centre.

I’ve completed a course for women entering the workplace after having my eldest daughter back in 2004 before returning to work and my brother who struggled with the public school system after my parents passing attended Sally’s OTEN program and completed his year 10, Higher School Certificate with Distinctions and then went on to complete an Accounting course successfully too. We know they have done the same for every child that walks through the doors without hesitation.

The work of Marten, Sally and Scott does not stop there; they continually support my siblings and I in every aspect of our professional and personal lives.

This community has a great benefit from the hard work and services that Eagles RAPS Inc have to offer to the Youth of Western Sydney, especially with the School program which gives the teens in our community an opportunity to complete their education.

I personally believe that my Family are a perfect advocate to what is possible if we support positive community projects such as Eagles RAPS which give our Youth the chance to a brighter future, and we are proud to be a part of the EAGLES FAMILY.

“This community has great benefit from the hard work and services that eagles raps inc have to offer”

I personally believe that my Family are a perfect advocate to what is possible if we support positive community projects such as Eagles RAPS which give our Youth the chance to a brighter future, and we are proud to be a part of the EAGLES FAMILY.

Latu.