About Us

Who we are?

RADFLY is a Gold Coast not for profit organisation run by passionate volunteers dedicated to the well-being of young people in our community, who are experiencing need.

Our vision: For young people to fulfil their potential by being supported by a community that values them.

Our purpose: To promote young people’s stories, facilitate community engagement and fundraise for youth organisations: Ohana for Youth (Encompassing Arcadia College & GenZ Employment) and YHES House.

Our Wonderful Committee

President:  Naomi Middlebrook  • Immediate Past President:  Mara Bennett  • Vice President/Governance:  Yolie Entsch

• Treasurer:  Amanda Johnson • Secretary:  Gail Rowland

• Committee Members:  Sharon O’Neill,  Jacinta Smith, Sally McMahon, Debbie Fleming, Melissa Morrison.

Our Charities

Yhes House

YHES House’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of ‘at risk’ Gold Coast young people within a client centred, holistic, harm minimisation and education framework. It aims to provide a safe, friendly and non-judgmental space where young people’s rights are respected.

YHES House recently moved to a new purpose built building in Scarborough St, Southport, where it provides a range of health and well-being education sessions for young people in areas including Sexual Health, Safe Partying, Drug Use and Self Esteem. YHES House also runs a program where young parents can learn about birthing and parenting.

The money distributed to YHES House have been used to provide certified first aid classes for young parents and mats for antenatal classes.

Ohana For Youth

Ohana for Youth, encompassing Arcadia College (Varsity Lakes) and Gen-Z Employment (Mermaid Beach), provides no-cost, alternative learning centres for 12-17 year olds who need a different approach to learning. It offers courses which provide mentoring, preparation for employment, and skill and confidence building in a relaxed, fun and friendly atmosphere. Ohana for Youth works to re-engage youth who have not been successful in mainstream education.

Programs assist young people to pursue further education or seek suitable employment. Participants are offered instruction in personal development, budgeting and grooming and are provided help with work experience, accredited training and first aid certification.

To address the high need for safe, inclusive and progressive secondary education a purpose built school and youth hub centre will be built at Robina (next to the train station). It will open early in 2020. This new centre will provide a holistic solution, extending Ohana’s support services to families and the wider community. Complete with education, employment, medical, welfare and specialised services, it will create a long-term sustainable solution and changing the lives of generations of future Gold Coasters. Please visit their website to see some of the great work they are doing.

Chris Nyst

OUR PATRON

“No community has a more valuable asset, or better cause, than its youth. For more than three decades in my role as a criminal defence advocate I have had first-hand exposure to the tragedy of young lives that have lost a sense of meaning and direction. The experience has convinced me of the profound importance of ensuring the promise of opportunity to all young people, and the means to realise that opportunity. It is for that reason I feel deeply honoured to be named as a patron of RADFLY, a charity that will direct community support to the vital goal of restoring optimism and hope to the lives of young Gold Coasters.”

Love & Charity

“Love is not patronizing and charity isn’t about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same – with charity you give love, so don’t just give money but reach out your hand instead.”

Mother Teresa

Our Community

RADFLY IS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANISATION DEVELOPED BY GOLD COAST VOLUNTEERS WHO ARE COMMITTED TO ADDRESSING POVERTY AND IMPROVING THE LIVES OF UNDERPRIVILEGED YOUNG PEOPLE ON THE GOLD COAST BY SUPPORTING EXISTING YOUTH ORGANISATIONS.

To increase our effectiveness the two local youth organisations we have chosen to support are: Ohana for Youth (encompassing Arcadia College & GenZ Employment) and YHES House.

We are proud to have Chris Nyst as the patron of RADFLY.

Our Events

WE ORGANISE EVENTS TO RAISE FUNDS AND AWARENESS OF OUR LOCAL YOUTH ISSUES

RADFLY was launched late 2010 at a movie event at the HOTA. The response was very encouraging and inspired the group to expand its horizons and plan a number of exciting projects for the coming year. These include an annual Art Show and Movie Nights.

Fundraising Achievements

RADFLY IS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT ASSOCIATION

To date RADFLY has raised over $280 000 through event fundraising and facilitated over $310 000 through direct sponsorship. The money is distributed to YHES House and Ohana for Youth to continue their vital work. It is used to provide certified first aid classes for young parents and mats for antenatal classes. Ohana For Youth has used funds to pilot a three-day camp for early school leavers and to assist the newly established Arcadia College at Varsity Lakes, the Gold Coast’s newest independent school.

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