Youths step out of their com­fort zones

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Inge Hansen inge.hansen@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

Ev­ery Fri­day night at the Reef Gate­way Ho­tel for the past two months, Ms Hovey has been run­ning meat raf­fles to help fund the build­ing of the pool.

“All the lo­cals there have said ‘we will take care of this’ and all the labour is taken care of – and Plants Whit­sun­day are go­ing to build Jessi a fairy gar­den.”

Ben Ryan Build­ing has come on board and

Ms Hovey said the Whit­sun­day com­mu­nity had re­ally taken up Jessi’s cause.

Ms Hovey said talks had be­gun with the Make A Wish Foun­da­tion and she was hope­ful Jessi’s wish of a back­yard pool would come true.

To do­nate to Jessi Clarke’s pool fund, search www.GoFundMe.com for ‘back­yard blitz pool for Jessi’.

Al­ready more than $2500 has been raised. BE BOLD, Be Brave, Be You this is the mes­sage Cassie Holeczy wants to pass on to youth at this year’s Na­tional Youth Week.

March 31 to April 9 marks Na­tional Youth Week and to cel­e­brate the PCYC is host­ing a one day, four work­shops event in line with the theme this Satur­day, April 1 from 9.30am-4.30pm.

Those who at­tend can’t just choose to go to one, they must go to all.

“One is called Act­ing Up based on ba­sic prin­ci­pals of act­ing and stage con­fi­dence, Write On based on ex­press­ing your self through writ­ten words, When Life is Up­side Down which is a yoga and mind­ful­ness work­shop and then we have Punch it Out which is a box­ing and sub­mis­sive wrestling work­shop,” Ms Holeczy said.

“As you can tell, the work­shops are dras­ti­cally dif­fer­ent and it forces youths to at­tend the ones which would be out of their com­fort zone.”

The day will be held at Whit­sun­day PCYC and is free for kids aged 12-17.

“We’re try­ing to recog­nise achieve­ments and sup­port the de­vel­op­ment of all youth,” she said.

“I’m very ex­cited for the event as there’ll Whit­sun­day Mar­tial Arts, the lo­cal the­atre com­pany and the Proser­pine Yoga Stu­dio there.”

For more, phone Ms Holeczy on 0423 360 604.

PHOTO: PETER CAR­RUTHERS

REACH­ING OUT: Jessi Clarke's (cen­tre) mum An­gela Duffy and carer Paula Hovey are rais­ing money to buy Jessi a swim­ming pool.

BOLD: Com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer at PCYC Cassie Holeczy is look­ing for­ward to Na­tional Youth Week.

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