20 Dec 2019

Christmas is a time of giving.  We spend time with loved ones, show our love and give presents. Every year The Langports Foundation visits the Cherbourg Aboriginal community near Christmas to spread the Christmas spirit, to present gifts and prizes and spend time with the Elders in the community to learn about their history.  We thank our staff and students for their fundraising efforts at the student Christmas parties which helps to fund our Foundation activities.

This year Susie and John France, together with 10 students from the Gold Coast campus set off for a two day trip to Cherbourg.  The journey took them inland for six hours towards the area of South Burnett and Cherbourg.  When they arrived at The Ration Shed in Cherbourg, our students were greeted by an Aboriginal guide ‘Uncle Eric’, who shared many of his own personal stories and of his role in the community.  They spent a couple of hours being guided around all the exhibitions in the Museum and later that evening s...

27 Mar 2019

Each year at the end of January the Australian Government presents the Australia Day Honours List.  This list honours everyday people who have made a distinguished difference to the lives of others.  This year we are very proud to announce that Indigenous Educator, and our friend, Waverley Stanley was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM). 

Waverley is the Founder of Yalari,, a not-for-profit organisation that assists Indigenous children from regional, rural and remote communities, to receive scholarships and the opportunity to attend the leading boarding schools in Australia. Attending these schools enables the children to get the education and life experiences that they deserve. 

Waverley is an absolute inspiration who works tirelessly to achieve outstanding goals for every student.  He travels endlessly around Australia to raise awareness and much-needed funds by giving presentations, interviewing children and their families for the scholarships and by organis...

18 Dec 2018

Each time we take a group of Langports Students out to visit the Cherbourg community, we look forward to giving them a unique experience.

Why is it so unique?

To start with, we go inland, into the vast expanse of Australia’s Outback. The term Outback or Bush is given to the vast lands of wilderness that make up large parts of Australia. The ‘Bush’ that we drove through for about four hours, once we had left behind the outskirts of Brisbane, was mainly large expanses of grass dotted with trees or forest areas of eucalyptus gum trees. 

When we had climbed up the ranges, we drove through Bunya tree forests until we reached the area about 20kms from Cherbourg that have been planted with vines and olive trees! Our final destination, Cherbourg, is situated in cleared farmland mainly laid to grass and trees.

Cherbourg was once an ‘Australian Mission’. This can be defined as a piece of land where Government officials could forcibly place Aboriginal people who had been removed from their lands to l...

1 Feb 2018

Hi, I’m Susie France and it is my wonderful task to look after many projects for The Langports Foundation.  I have been asked to write a blog to talk about the Graduation of Trong, our first scholarship student for the SAYL program.  (Study Abroad a Year At Langports). 

John France, through The Langports Foundation, set up this new scholarship program for a dis-advantaged youth to give someone a life changing experience, and offered the first scholarship to our partner Foundation in Vietnam, Blue Dragon.  Blue Dragon work with street children and youths who come from extremely poor families.

Trong arrived last January 2017 to study at Langports Sydney and graduated last Thursday 25th January 2018.

Trong is from Hanoi, Vietnam.  He had a disadvantaged childhood and was taken in by the Blue Dragon Foundation who looked after him in one of their homes sheltering street kids.  Trong was given the opportunity to live a ‘normal’ life, with a bed to sleep in, food provided and a school...

6 Dec 2017

John France (Langports Founder) was the first person at Langports to be introduced to the Aboriginal community of Cherbourg by Waverley Stanley, the founder of Yalari (www.yalari.org).  Waverley was invited to visit his hometown at the end of the school year, to present certificates at the school he attended as a child.  Waverley invited John to join him.  John was deeply moved by the occasion and the children at the school.  He decided then and there that we should help the school Principal in anyway we could.  Attendance rates had been a concern to the Principal and he was trying to find ways to improve this. 

We offered to provide each primary school child with a book at the end of the year and one very special prize for one boy and girl in each class.  This special prize was to recognise attendance and improvement during the school year.  These end of year visits by The Langports Foundation with prizes supports the Principal’s work to reward school attendance....

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