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Crossing Boundaries Bus Adventure

Organised through the Salvation Army National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander National Reference Group

Purpose of trip:

  • To introduce participants to Aboriginal and Salvation Army history in the area, recalling that the Salvation Army was there before and can come back again.
  • As we travel, to listen and learn from Uncle Vince Ross and Aunty Enid Ross, to share in conversation and in times of reflection.
  • To experience Aboriginal culture and spirituality firsthand, becoming spiritually enriched, challenged and inspired along the way.
  • To gain impressions for positive ways forward in ministries with Aboriginal people.
  • To deepen our understanding of Uncle Vince and his particular impact as a Salvationist and Aboriginal person over many years.
  • To record some of the activities and conversations for future resource.

Proposed Itinerary and activities:

Friday 6 October
Morning:   Depart Melbourne for Shepparton - cultural connection, lunch & conversation at Rumbalara Aged Care

Afternoon:  Arrive at Deniliquin for presentation  by ‘Yarkuwa’ (Land Council). Yarkuwa is a Traditional Owner organisation based in Deniliquin. We will visit the Flats (Aboriginal reserve), hear about early day Salvation Army here and Uncle Vince’s experiences , with time for reflection and sacred moments.

Evening: Meal and overnight stay in Deniliquin

Saturday 7 October
Morning: Travel to Balranald, birthplace of Uncle Vince. Learn of history and cultural connections.

Afternoon- Evening:  Arrive in Mildura with meal and overnight stay 
(More information to follow on local Aboriginal connection and ministry)    

Sunday 8 October
Morning: Participate in Mildura Salvation Army meeting,  depart after lunch.

Afternoon-Evening: Arrive at Swan Hill.   Debrief and reflection on our experiences.
Meal and overnight stay. This place over many years had a strong ministry with the local Koori community.

Monday 9 October
Travel to Kerang.  Learn of history and cultural connections.

Lunch stop along the way (to be arranged)                                                     

Late afternoon:  Arrive in Melbourne back and ready for action!             

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Costs for the trip:

$315 per person twin share
$425 per person single room

Further Contact:

Marion Weymouth 0487 922 789
Vince Ross 0417 310 365