Young lead­ers put Kidz First

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Maina Per­rot

A group of Auck­land Girls Gram­mar stu­dents are set to re­alise their dream.

The school’s Fu­ture Lead­ers team won first place in the Giv­ing Back – Strength­en­ing our Com­mu­ni­ties Lead­er­ship Fo­rum ear­lier this month and re­ceived $750 to help re­alise their am­bi­tious project.

The team pro­posed to build a play area for sick chil­dren at the Kidz First hospi­tal in Manukau.

The project was ac­claimed by a jury of judges and an au­di­ence of 160 of their class­mates, men­tors and whanau.

Fu­ture Lead­ers Pro­gramme co­or­di­na­tor Catherine Wild says the fo­rum showed the girls how they could make a dif­fer­ence in their com­mu­nity.

Al­though adult men­tors sup­ported all groups, hav­ing to present their idea in a 10-minute talk, video or Pow­erPoint pre­sen­ta­tion helped the girls prac­tise their speak­ing skills in pub­lic.

Team leader Chelsea Brace­field says they thought sick chil­dren would ben­e­fit from a play area be­cause par­ents can­not be at their sides when they are work­ing.

“We learned that play is a great ther­apy for their re­cov­ery so we de­cided that we would like to fur­nish a play area as a way of sup­port­ing those chil­dren,” she says.

The team also won an ad­ven­ture week­end in Ro­torua.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Fu­ture Lead­ers visit www.fu­ture lead­ers.org.nz. – Maina Per­rot is an AUT jour­nal­ism

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