Welcome to Dear Cris

Connecting Rural, Regional and International Students

Ashley Eadon

Meet the team

What We Do

Inspire and Engage



The pilot program ran successfully early 2018; it saw 120 students from Australia and the Philippines exchange over 400 letters. The children wrote about themselves, their town and the country, while simultaneously improving their literacy skills.


Dear Cris runs over an 8 week period and through our Student Booklet, students are given prompts to guide their letter writing

Youth Facilitators 

On a fortnightly basis in Australian schools our Youth Facilitators go into our partner schools to aid in the facilitation of the letter writing


Each letter has a reflective and writing component. Our themes are: 

  1. All About Me 

  2. All About My Town 

  3. All About My Culture 

  4. Teach Your Pen Pal


To read about Dear Cris in the media and to hear what our students say 


Funded by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal


About Us

Dear Cris is an abbreviation for Connecting Rural, Regional and International Students. The program was founded by six young people in 2017 as an initiative of the Heywire Program. Today Dear Cris is run in partnership with YoBendigo and is funded by the Foundation for Regional and Rural Renewal. It is led by a committed and passionate team of young people. Dear Cris aims to connect students nationally and globally with pen pals so they can share personal experiences and consider domestic and international issues. 

Founders at Parliament House: 

Yongyan Xia (Grenfell, NSW), Ashley Eadon (Woodend, VIC), Navneet Bhatha (Swan Hill, VIC), Connor May (Merimbula, NSW), Josephine Bond (St Helens Plains, VIC), Brooke Farrelly (Penguin, TAS)

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Meet The Team

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Ashley Eadon

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Sarah Barber

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Marketing Advisor 

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Jesse Munzel

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Creative Director 

Misson and Values

To expand the borders of young minds through handwritten communication  

We value education, respect, diversity and teamwork