Allan Watts - Remote Community Support Worker, Kimberley Aged and Community Services
This is Truman who used to be a boxer. He attends the KACC every morning for breakfast, but he never stays too long. He may say a few words to his friends but he is not one for sitting around for a chat.
Truman is hard of hearing and I often have difficulty making myself understood to him,
So last week while in Yungngora I asked him if he would like to have a listen to a story on the new eSHUFFLEs we were testing out,
We adjusted the volume for his hearing and as soon as that was sorted out he was hooked.
Truman spent two hours sitting listening to old stockmen stories which I had loaded on to the eSHUFFLe headphones, and he will become one of the first folks in Yungngora to get a set for himself. He wants old Slim Dusty songs, ( not the new stuff I make him listen to, he told me)
The following day I took three of the old fellas up to Fitzroy for the day, Truman, Jimmy and Sammy, they all talked non-stop about their younger days on the trip up and back.
Next morning at the KACC the three of them started telling me about their first time droving sheep into Noonkanbah , they were 11 years old. They asked if we could record some of their stories on my next visit, so they could also go onto the headphones.
This was the first trial on my first trip out with them. A spectacular success.
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