40 teenagers plus their leaders from Youth Alive Trust recently returned from a road trip to Queenstown with thanks to community funder, The Southern Trust. The 5 day trip involved over 1,000k’s in a van, taking part in activities such as Lugging, the Gondola, Mountain Biking, a trip to Wanaka, visiting another youth centre and many visited the infamous Ferg Burger. Camp Leader, and local Youthworker, Matt Tait, said “It was such a privilege to watch the faces of these teens seeing some of New Zealand’s most awe inspiring sights for the first time. We live in such an amazing country, and to get out of our damaged city and see our country in all its beauty made us all feel so proud to be a kiwis”. All the young people are from the east of Christchurch and are part of the regular weekly activities offered in New Brighton by Youth Alive Trust. The camp was made possible with a one-off grant from Southern Trust, which supported the cost of accommodation, hiring vans and some of the activities. Young people contributed some of their own funds and also took part in sausage sizzles and Entertainment Book fundraising. Madi McGinn (Year 9) said “Had the best time in Queenstown. So many amazing memories!!” and Violet Clark (Year 11) said “It was so much fun! I wanna go back!”.
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