Harry & Meghan Meet Backtrack Boys
History was made yesterday when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, renowned for their support of charities that nurture youth – visited the NSW town of Dubbo to acknowledge the region’s unstinting dedication to the local community via its many altruistic activities aimed at supporting the region’s next generation of adults.
A highlight of Harry and Meghan’s visit was the opportunity to meet with renowned Jackaroo, Bernie Shakeshaft, whose program, Backtrack, has inspired an award-winning documentary – BACKTRACK BOYS– which throws an edgy, yet intimate spotlight on the youth program that he runs from a shed in Armidale, NSW.
Bernie and the Backtrack Boys are currently in Dubbo to support the launch of Leader Life, a new youth organisation that they’ll be coaching.
Yesterday Harry and Meghan witnessed first-hand the magic of Bernie and the boys’ legendary dog jumping team.
Bernie’s program teaches self-discipline, trust and love through interaction with the dogs that he breeds for his team who are regularly invited to appear at rural shows across Australia.
In the last 12 years, 1,000 kids – who society had basically given up on – have walked through Backtrack’s doors – and benefited from Bernie’s belief in their potential and innate worth as human beings. Backtrack is a place where young people can feel safe, continue their education, and ultimately learn to support each other and pursue their dreams.
Yesterday one of those dreams came true when the boys met the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
And although these dynamic young Royals may travel the world many times over, it is unlikely that they will ever encounter a man as selfless as Bernie Shakeshaft, who has dedicated his life to mentoring youth who need a guiding hand – or in the case of Backtrack…paw…!
The acclaimed documentary BACKTRACK BOYS, produced and directed by Catherine Scott will screen at Event Cinemas Innaloo and Grand Cinemas Armadale, Bunbury, Curambine and Warwick from Thursday 25 October – Sunday 28 October.