New Zealand’s Christchurch Mayor awards youth with volunteer awards on 5 December
25 November 2003

Christchurch: Christchurch Mayor, Garry Moore, will attend the Youth Volunteer Awards at Christchurch Netball Center to present the awards to 12 prominent, young Christchurch volunteers as part of Volunteering Canterbury’s International Volunteer Day celebrations.

Volunteering Canterbury, an incorporated charitable trust that supports and promotes volunteering in New Zealand, have linked up with Te Runaka ki Otautahi o Kai Tahu, a local Maori group, to organize the Youth Volunteer Awards. The award will be given to young volunteers aged 16 to 24 years old who have selflessly participated in their community’s development.

Nominations for the award came from organizations all over Christchurch including Crossfire Trust, Guides Canterbury North, Alcohol Drug Association, Canterbury Children’s Theatre Incorporate, Youthline Central South Island, CCS South Canterbury, St. Albans Residents Association-St.Matthews Anglican Church, Youth for Youth Shirley & the Shirley Community Trust, Guides East-West Canterbury Region, CCS Canterbury West Coast, World Vision NZ, Canterbury Fiji Social Service Trust, among others.

Mr. Nic Buick, a young man who has overcome serious health problems, will share his experiences as a volunteer. The Manu Whetu Kapa Haka Group will provide entertainment for the day. Afternoon tea will be served and admission is free.

From: Volunteering Canterbury, New Zealand

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