Tick­led pink

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Louise Alling­ham

It was an ex­plo­sion of colour at Pegs Creek Pavil­ion on Fri­day, March 31, for Colour Fest. More than 300 kids and teens at­tended the cel­e­bra­tion, which kicked off the City of Kar­ratha’s Na­tional Youth Week cel­e­bra­tions for 2017.

Chil­dren and teenagers across the City of Kar­ratha at­tended a se­ries of ex­cit­ing ac­tiv­i­ties to cel­e­brate Na­tional Youth Week.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said 2017 had been an­other ter­rific Na­tional Youth Week, with huge turnouts to all of the great events put on by the Youth Ser­vices team.

“We know youth ser­vices is a pri­or­ity for the com­mu­nity and we’ve been work­ing hard to con­tinue grow­ing our City’s youth en­gage­ment,” he said.

“It’s been ex­cel­lent to see so many young peo­ple en­joy­ing the range of ac­tiv­i­ties and coming to­gether in cel­e­bra­tion of the Na­tional Youth Week ini­tia­tive.”

Cel­e­bra­tions kicked off on March 31 with Colour Fest.

More than 300 young peo­ple headed to Pegs Creek Pavil­ion for the event and 190 took part in the colour run, run­ning through an ob­sta­cle course while coloured pow­der was thrown at them.

Pun­ters en­joyed a game of tug of war, a gi­ant slide and a fundraiser bar­be­cue run by stu­dents from Kar­ratha Se­nior High School.

Stu­dents raised more than $400 for their Goals for Girls pro­gram at the bar­be­cue.

On Satur­day, April 1, at the Wick­ham Recre­ation Precinct, more than 50 young peo­ple en­joyed the Dive In Cinema Ex­trav­a­ganza.

There was a screen­ing of Find­ing Dory and com­pe­ti­tions to see who could con­quer the aqua run, an in­flat­able pool ob­sta­cle course, the fastest.

Kar­ratha Se­nior High School Year 10-12 stu­dents were treated to a unique pre­sen­ta­tion from 2016 WA Young Per­son of the Year Vanessa Vla­jkovic.

Ms Vla­jkovic is deaf-blind but has never let her sen­sory loss stop her from achiev­ing her goals.

She is the first deaf-blind stu­dent at Edith Cowan Univer­sity, where she stud­ies jour­nal­ism.

Ms Vla­jkovic, 19, used sign lan­guage and an in­ter­preter to con­vey a pow­er­ful and in­spir­ing mes­sage about over­com­ing life’s ob­sta­cles.

On Tues­day, April 4, and Wed­nes­day, April 5, 28 stu­dents from Roe­bourne District High School got hands on, cre­at­ing graf­fiti art around the cam­pus.

Perth artists guided the stu­dents and lend a help­ing hand.

On the Wed­nes­day, the school recorded the high­est at­ten­dance for the term.

The Skate Park Block Party at the Youth Shed last Thurs­day night was a suc­cess as more than 80 young peo­ple en­joyed a night of skating, fash­ion and fun.

The event was run in con­junc­tion with Blue Beanie Project, who put on a spec­tac­u­lar fash­ion show.

Blue Beanie Project is a re­mote youth ser­vice com­mit­ted to re­duc­ing youth sui­cide across re­gional Aus­tralia by pro­vid­ing cul­tur­ally ap­pro­pri­ate sup­port to young peo­ple and ser­vice work­ers.

There were also a photo booth, live graf­fiti pieces, a sausage sizzle and an open mic ses­sion, in which kids and teens sang with the youth staff.

The Strong Spirit Youth Festival saw Na­tional Youth Week off for an­other year at Roe­bourne Recre­ation Precinct.

Pun­ters en­joyed get­ting in­volved in sport and in­ter­ac­tive ac­tiv­i­ties, a fundraiser bar­be­cue, photo booth, chill-out zone and more.

Na­tional Youth Week ran from March 31-April 9, was themed on “eco fu­tures” and cel­e­brated the achieve­ments of young peo­ple.

Pic­ture: City of Kar­ratha

Roe­bourne District High School stu­dents got cre­ative for the Graf­fiti Art Project.

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