For the eleventh time since 2008, the young people of Wanaka’s Kahu Youth will once again be ‘taking over’ local Mexican restaurant AmiGos. The annual initiative involves around 20 young people helping to run the restaurant, which involves cleaning, taking orders, making drinks, and helping where possible in the kitchen. In addition to the youth involved gaining invaluable work experience, AmiGos will be donating half of every night’s profits to the Kahu Youth Trust, which has gained more than $14,000 from the eleven-year initiative.
The youth will be donning sombreros for four nights in May: Tuesday 21, Thursday 23, Tuesday 28 and Thursday 30. “Come and eat some yummy food in a great place, an incredible atmosphere, be entertained by your local young people and support your local youth service all in one go. You will not regret it,” says Sarah Blechert, a Kahu Youth representative. The feedback from those attending in past years has been largely positive with the total amount donated to the trust last year coming in at a record breaking $4063.
Since its humble beginnings in 2008, the event has been gaining momentum in the community and has a lasting impact on local youth. Last year, youth worker Richard Elvey remarked that, "They just keep getting better and better. The patience and guidance of the AmiGos staff is so lovely and really adds to a positive experience for the young people taking part.”
To support the work done by Kahu Youth to benefit the youth in our community, head along to Kahu Youth ‘Takin’ Over AmiGos’ on May 21, 23, 28 or 30. Bookings for the nights may be made directly to AmiGos at 443 7872. Make sure to mention Kahu Youth when booking.