Danny Green addresses 500 young people at YMCA Serpentine Jarrahdale

Olympian Danny Green visits the Serpentine Jarrahdale Community Recreation Centre.

19 June 2017
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Perth’s most well-known professional boxer and Olympian Danny Green will put aside his passion for boxing, health and fitness on Monday 19th June and instead visit Serpentine Jarrahdale Community Recreation Centre to speak in front of 500 young people.

The chance to hear from someone of the Green Machine’s calibre is an opportunity many primary school, high school and home-schooled students in the area will relish in, which has been generously made possible by the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale and organised by YMCA WA’s YTime.

“The idea came from us wanting the young people to hear from someone who is a motivational speaker, someone who can inspire them but also someone who has had their challenges and overcome them,” Youth Engagement Manager Sinead Gilligan said.

“The main thing YMCA WA and the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale want the young people to take away from Danny is how admirable it is that he’s not afraid to speak out, and we really want to encourage them to have a voice.”

The morning will kick off at 9:15am with the audience being treated to a performance by up-and-coming artist Tobias, who at the ripe age of 18 is already an internationally recognised performer and is another inspiring person for the young people to hear from.

Following Tobias, the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale’s President will chat to the young people about the new skate park being built right next to our YMCA youth space in Byford, and how they can win an iPad if they take part in a survey for the Shire.

Shire President Cr John Erren said: “We are delighted to join with the YMCA to provide the school children in our community the opportunity of hearing from such a motivational and inspirational speaker.”

“While the Shire addresses the young people Danny is having a meet and great with our Youth Advisory Committee, which is such a rare and fantastic opportunity for them to be able to ask him any advice or questions they may have,” Sinead added.

Danny will speak to the audience for 45 minutes as he shares the story behind his journey, aiming to empower and encourage young people to be vocal on issues they’re passionate about.