Nominations for the upcoming Kahu Youth Volunteers Awards 2019 are still open: “Anyone can nominate a young between 11 and 18 for doing something nice for someone else in the community. No paid or community work is accepted,” said Richard Elvey from Kahu Youth Trust.
The organisation usually gets around 20 or 30 nominations from across the community, but they hope to receive even more for the sixth Youth Volunteer Awards. There will be different categories for who is nominated based on age and prizes for the winners, but the overall one will receive a free 12,000 ft skydive experience from Skydive Wanaka.
“We do these awards to celebrate all the good young people contribute to the community. Bad news travels fast, tends to make more news and stays in the collective memories a lot longer. We are trying to redress the balance a little, there are so many amazing young people out there doing things that no one really knows about,” explained Elvey. “In the past we have had things ranging from hundreds of hours with St Johns, The youth 'Lions', Duke of Edinburgh, sports coaching, shaving their heads to raise money for charity, giving up lunchtimes to teach younger ones musical instruments, working with Food for Love, Volunteering at Warbirds, the Rotary Book sale and Duck Race and more and more,” said Elvey.
The Kahu Youth Volunteer Awards 2019 will take place from 6-8pm on Thursday December 5. The occurrence aims to celebrate the awesome work done by the youth of the Upper Clutha District. If know someone who has done good in the community, you can nominate them by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, downloading a nomination form from www.kahuyouth.org or picking up a nomination slips at the Mount Aspiring College student office. Please include the nominee's name, age, gender, contact details and a description of what they have done. Nominations will close on Monday December 2, 2019.