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Kerry’s story

Kerry’s story

A decade of alcohol and other drug (AOD) intervention through our Tumbelin program, has shown that challenging, experiential learning is a powerful catalyst for change. A major focus remains on creating conditions where young people can establish and sustain healthy relationships, which are the key to long term change.


In 2017-18, 89% of participants reported a reduction in, or prevention of, adverse impacts of AOD use; 85% reported that the program was effective and almost 90% reported increased capacity for relationships.[1]


Bullied mercilessly, Kerry* had struggled with confidence and relationships with her school peers. While completing a Tumbelin caving expedition, she began to sob with fear.


The other girls in the group immediately rallied around her. Despite her fright, Kerry was able to become calm and complete the expedition.


“For me, the best part was going away as part of a group and feeling like I belong,” she said. “That was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life…then I realised I could do it. That it’s me that holds me back.”


For Kerry, conquering the cave was more than just a warm fuzzy first. She emerged from the pitch-black cave to a world alight with possibilities!


If you would like more information about Tumbelin contact 8388 5234 (Murray-Mallee Hills-Fleurieu), 8723 1445 (Mount Gambier), 8683 4464 (Port Lincoln) or click here


[1] Baptist Care SA Tumbelin AOD Murray-Mallee-Hills-Fleurieu Region 1 July-31 December 2018 data