Self de­fense taught thanks to Trust

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The Franklin Sil­ver Lin­ing Trust treated 11 chil­dren to an awe­some day out in Franklin last week. The 11-13-year-olds were taught self de­fense, how to be safe on so­cial me­dia, learnt about nu­tri­tion, an op shop chal­lenge and they had dis­plays from lo­cal emer­gency ser­vices as well. One of the highlights was see­ing the po­lice dogs in ac­tion. Here, Ma­son shows off his po­lice dog skills on Mike Evans. The chil­dren were cho­sen based on their lead­er­ship qual­i­ties, chair­per­son Jude Balle said. ‘‘It’s just of­fer­ing kids at this age to give them some con­fi­dence, and a fun day out that they might not ex­pe­ri­ence else­where.’’ Pukekohe Po­lice Sergeant Wayne Pax­ton, who is also in­volved with the trust, hoped to en­cour­age more peo­ple to take them up on the group’s of­fer to pro­vide ex­pe­ri­ences for chil­dren. ‘‘We want peo­ple bang­ing on our doors.’’

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