Youth ‘amped’

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

Be­hind the door of a large pan­el­beat­ing shed down Bound­ary Rd is a burst of colour and a room full of chat­ter, laugh­ter, ham­mer­ing, paint­ing, cut­ting and the fold­ing of flow­ers.

Alexan­dra Men’s Shed mem­bers and Alexan­dra Youth Fo­rum mem­bers are among those us­ing the shed to work on floats for this Satur­day’s an­nual pa­rade.

There are eight floats in this year’s pa­rade— and while num­bers are on par with last year, and lower than pre­vi­ous years— spir­its are strong and imag­i­na­tion and cre­ative flair is shin­ing with new floats on the go.

The Youth Fo­rum mem­bers are de­ter­mined to go down the street in style and, with the help of the handy skills of the Men’s Shed mem­bers, have cre­ated a float in­spired by the Hunger Games book and film.

Alexan­dra and Dis­tricts Youth Trust team leader and youth worker Sharon Waples said the float was en­tirely de­signed by youth mem­bers who had been at the shed ev­ery night help­ing out.

‘‘They have been re­ally amped about it. This year they are do­ing a whole new float. They de­cided they wanted to do some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent. We have gone with the tra­di­tion of try­ing to put as many flow­ers on as pos­si­ble, and we have had help from par­ents to show us how to fold them prop­erly.’’

The Youth Fo­rum would be re­veal­ing its new name and logo at the pa­rade, she said.

Youth Fo­rum mem­ber Ar­ran

Photo: JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN/FAIR­FAX NZ

At work: From front, Alexan­dra Youth Fo­rum mem­ber Ar­ran McNabb, helper Crys­tal Blon­dell, 8, float princess Car­rie Shirley, youth worker Sharon Waples and Alexan­dra Men’s Shed mem­bers Ayson Har­ris and Les Peter putting some fin­ish­ing touches to theHunger Games- in­spired float.

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