Clontarf lads get busy in Whyalla

DOING GOOD WORK: From left, Clontarf Academy Director of Whyalla Graeme Twaddle, student Asten Warren, Cr Tamy Pond and Clontarf SA General Manager Ian Taylor.
DOING GOOD WORK: From left, Clontarf Academy Director of Whyalla Graeme Twaddle, student Asten Warren, Cr Tamy Pond and Clontarf SA General Manager Ian Taylor.

Whyalla welcomed a contingent of First Nations boys keen to make a difference in the community as part of the Clontarf Foundation - a charitable non-for-profit that helps young men finish school and enter employment.

The group of around 50 kids were in town on Wednesday for a soccer carnival but also put on some gloves to help clean up the Whyalla Foreshore and enjoy an amazing race through the town.

Clontarf SA General Manager Ian Taylor said students from Whyalla, Port Lincoln, Telowie, Salisbury and Ocean View attended.

"Getting out in the community builds that self-esteem and sense of belonging ... most of the young men look forward to giving back to the community," he said.

Whyalla City Councillor Tamy Pond said the Clontarf Foundation was a "fantastic program" and she was honoured to have the young men in the community.

"I've seen the benefits personally from a program like Clontarf, it encourages them to come to school, they have before school programs where they play sport," she said.

"It gives them skills for life ... sometimes our young people do get a bad rap in the community and a program like this shows people a different side to these people.

"With the right mentorship they can really turn things around."

Young First Nations man Asten Warren, who is a Whyalla local, said he had enjoyed giving back to the community alongside a group of friends.

"It feels good to help out ... the program is all about being a good bloke," he said.

"The boys have been getting around the activities."

For more information about the Clontarf Foundation, visit their website at https://clontarf.org.au/.

THUMBS UP: Clontarf Foundation students and mentors hit up the Whyalla Foreshore to give it a clean on Wednesday.

THUMBS UP: Clontarf Foundation students and mentors hit up the Whyalla Foreshore to give it a clean on Wednesday.