Casting for Recovery in Victoria
Casting for Recovery (CfR) activities in Victoria are managed by a sub-committee of Mending Casts Inc, which is licensed to offer these programs under agreement with Casting for Recovery in the USA.
Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for women with breast cancer through a unique live-in weekend retreat program that combines breast cancer education and peer support with the therapeutic activities of fly fishing. The program offers opportunities for women to find inspiration, renew their energy for life and experience the healing gained from networking with others and reconnecting with nature. We support breast cancer survivors of all ages, in all stages of recovery, at no cost to participants.
We also provide participants with post-retreat referrals to their nearest fly fishing club so that they can continue to enjoy fly fishing into the future. Find out more from our CfR Vic website here: https://www.castingforrecoveryvic.org/
Reel Recovery in Australia
Mending Casts has secured an exclusive agreement with Reel Recovery USA to run their cancer retreat program in Australia. This program commenced in May 2021 with the first-ever Reel Recovery Australia retreat being held at Omeo in Victoria's high country. It was an amazing success and planning for future retreats at other locations around the country is already underway.
The mission of Reel Recovery is to help men in the cancer recovery process by introducing them to the therapeutic powers of flyfishing, whilst providing a safe and supportive environment through which they can share their personal experiences of cancer with others.
Our purpose is to address the growing demand for and limited supply of support services specifically tailored for men with cancer. Our overarching goal is to improve the lives of the men we serve. We seek to give these courageous men a respite from their day-to-day concerns so that they might gain a fresh outlook on their fight with cancer; we facilitate discussions that give them strength, encouragement plus a new network of friends and support; and we provide them new skills to bring joy, enthusiasm and renewed hope as they deal with the challenges of their personal cancer journey.
For more information on this program see https://reelrecovery.org/
Casting for Kids
Mending Casts are planning to introduce some exciting new casting programs and educational days designed specifically for children at some point in the near future. Our qualified casting instructors are developing a specially customised program that helps kids to learn the basics of fly casting and fishing in a relaxed and non-threatening environment.
We are excited about the potential for these programs as our instructors are regularly asked to assist fly fishing clubs and angling groups with the tuition of children. We hope that many of these kids will continue to fly fish, become new members of fly fishing clubs and help to promote the wonders of the sport long into their adult lives. Ultimately, the level of funding we receive will determine for these programs can go ahead.
Fly Fishing & Casting Tuition
Mending Casts hosts regular casting days and tutoring events for fly fishers of all levels. These range from presentations to large groups in partnership with various fly fishing clubs, angling businesses and government agencies, to one-on-one personal tuition at some of the most picturesque fishing waters in Australia.
Our programs are supported by qualified Fly Fishers International (FFI) Casting instructors and professional fishing guides. Participants therefore receive the highest quality of expert tuition in proper casting techniques and various fishing methods used in both fresh and saltwater.
These casting and fishing activities are run in conjunction with numerous organised fly fishing events throughout Australia. See the "Our Community" page for links to the specific events that we support.