Youthball welcomes same-sex couples
A group of teenagers is encouraging couples of any gender combination to attend a ball for youth from around Auckland.
The 2016 Unicef Charity Ball, called Utopia, is organised by a small committee of high school students who are all part of Unicef clubs at their respective schools.
The ball posters come in multiple designs, including layouts with same-gender couples.
Teresa Lee, 18, says: ‘‘Unicef is about accepting people for who they are. A lot of schools are not about diversity.’’
Committee member and Westlake Boys’ High School student Antoine Ellis says it links back to the idea of youth having a voice.
Ellis says, while the group of 17 and 18-year-olds have checked in with adults, most of the work has been done by the teens, from planning and marketing, to negotiating a venue and prices.
The ball will include a buffet, professional DJ and photographer.
Jessica Chen says it has taught the group time-management skills.
‘‘It really proves you’re passionate about it, because you’re willing to put in the hard yards.
The group is aiming to raise between $3000 and $6000 at the alcohol and drug-free ball, and attendees will vote on which Unicef cause the money goes towards.
Last year the group raised $1000 for the Syrian Refugee Crisis.
The organising committee hails from five different schools on the North Shore and students from 55 schools have expressed interest in the ball.
Unicef, which stands for the United Nations Childrens Fund, was created by the United Nations General Assembly in December 1946.
It was established to provide emergency food and healthcare to children in countries that had been devastated by World War II.
in 1953 Unicef’s mandate was extended to address the needs of children in the developing world and became a permanent part of the United Nations system.
Lee hopes the ball will encour- age people to start their own Unicef club or start a conversation about the organisation.
The ball is for all high school students from years 11 to 13 and will take place on December 5 at Eden Park in Auckland. Ticket sales finish on November 21. Visit bit.ly/utopiaball16.