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The Uncle Project was initiated in Byron Bay in April 1997 by youth and community worker Michael Light and became an Incorporated Association in 1998. Through his work Michael recognized a need in boys which wasn’t being fulfilled – especially those he met in government youth detention centres. From his front room at home he began building the Uncle organisation we have today. He quickly gained the support of good local men and women in the community, who recognised the great need the project sought to address.

Uncle is now run by a management committee of local members of our community, has over fifty members and is an incorporated association registered for DGR (deductible gift recipient) status with the ATO, i.e. all donations over $2 are tax deductible.

Uncle in Byron Bay is a mentoring service, building one-on-one mentoring relationships and has men called ‘uncles’ who attend activities and give their time to interact, work, learn and play with boys aged 6 to 12 years old. Uncle organises a wide range of activities and events including camps, snorkelling, fishing, tennis, skateboarding, bike riding, climbing, beach soccer, rugby, cricket, surfing, discussion dinners, treasure hunts, board games and many others.

Uncle Byron Bay is funded by the local community and local and national business sponsors.


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I personally have witnessed for nearly 20 years the life changing impact of the Uncle Project. Young boys are being  provided with positive role models and activities that allow them to learn in the best possible way what it means to be a good man. At a time when so many young men are going off the rails and the whole idea of healthy masculinity is being questioned, The Uncle Project is a shining light of how a community really can raise a child.

Dr Arne Rubenstein

Director, The Rites of Passage Institute

Inspirational! The kind of modest and low key yet powerful program that can have a huge effect. Uncle is a brilliant idea for getting more good men into the lives of children. Everyone benefits, and youngsters have better lives as a result.

Steve Biddulph

Author, Parent Educator, Raising Boys, The New Manhood

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Support The Uncle Project

For over 20 years, Uncle has been operating thanks to the ongoing, generous support of many local businesses, funding organisations, and individual contributors.

In order to continue to provide exciting, educational, and engaging experiences for local boys, Uncle needs your help!

Your tax deductible monthly contributions to The Uncle Project allows the team to plan and create events and experiences over the year and cover the operating costs to keep Uncle going.

For your convenience, we have set up automated payment deductions for a period of 1 year (12 payments) with Paypal. Payments can be made with your credit card even if you do not have an account with Paypal. If you need to cancel at any time, you are of course free to.

The team at Uncle, the boys, and their families, appreciate every offering received and know that the Project would not be possible without your support.

*** The Uncle Project Inc. is a registered charity with tax deductible status (Charity Fundraising Number: 17275). ***

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Bank Deposit

Southern Cross Credit Union
BSB: 722-744
Account: 140760

BRONZE: $10 p/m

What's in it for you?

That warm and fuzzy feeling you get when you're contributing to positive change in the community as a whole

SILVER: $25 p/m

What's in it for you?

Silver supporters will be added to Uncle's list of supporters at the end of each year which will be viewable on Uncle's website

GOLD: $50 p/m

What's in it for you?

Gold Supporters can choose to have the logo of their business displayed on Uncle's website, and newsletters


John McKay

0407 650 371

PO BOX 1049

Byron Bay, NSW, 2481

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