Uncle David Bell

Episode 61

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Host Mundanara Bayles is guided by Aboriginal Terms of Reference which is the accumulated knowledge that Aboriginal people developed over the tens of thousands of years of living in this land, now known as Australia.

Relationships are at the core of Aboriginal Culture and Society and in our whole history of living in this country we never invaded our neighbours.

An Aboriginal Terms of Reference introduction is based on “Who you are and not what you do”, this way of introduction has been practiced by Aboriginal people since the first sunrise. From an Aboriginal perspective this way of introduction reinforces our humaness, we are much more than our job titles.

On episode 62 I yarn with my deadly Uncle and Wiradjuri elder, Uncle David Bell. Uncle Dave is the founder of Young Spirit Mentoring Program, a powerful multicultural on-the-ground fitness and empowerment program focusing on youth, community and creating a positive change for the future.

The program is now operating in its 20th year and with the help of his incredible volunteers and mentors, Uncle Dave’s mission in life is to build positive pathways for the youth in the Campbelltown community. The Young Spirits program has NEVER received any government funding over the years which in reality, is making everyday tasks a massive challenge. His program delivers deadly outcomes week in week out and it’s appalling to see that our young people have never received one single cent, to help them make the positive changes that they so desperately need, in their lives.

We yarn about this and his program in the interview along with so many other things, including stories of his childhood, elders that inspired him along the way and even how he met my father at Radio Redfern in the 70’s! Such a deadly yarn! I hope his story touches your heart like it has mine.

Recommendations throughout this episode:

If you’d like to donate to The Young Spirits Mentoring Program, donations can be sent directly to the following address:

28 Bonnyrigg Avenue, Bonnyrigg NSW.

They are in need of Jnr size boxing gloves and a bluetooth portable speaker.

Alternatively you can donate money direct to this account:
Westpac Bank
BSB: 732072
Account number: 552297

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The Black Magic Woman Podcast is hosted by Mundanara Bayles and is an uplifting conversational style program featuring mainly Aboriginal guests and explores issues of importance to Aboriginal people and communities.

Mundanara is guided by Aboriginal Terms of Reference and focusses more on who people are rather than on what they do.

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