Nur­tur­ing our fu­ture

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When Daniel Proc­ter emerged from the wa­ter at this years Na­tional Champs, a pack of young war­riors charged at him down through the soft sand. We were quite taken back when all these young kids started cheer­ing and chant­ing all of­fer­ing up their own forms of con­grat­u­la­tions and af­fec­tion. Some banged knuck­les, oth­ers the high five and some even wrapped their arms around him in ado­ra­tion. Jeez Proc­ter sure has a lot of whanau we thought, so later on we caught up with Daniel to find out where all his cuzzy's had come from and we were quite taken back by his re­sponse. You see it's no se­cret that Daniel has al­ways been a huge be­liever and sup­porter of the younger kids around his home­town of Gis­borne al­ways giv­ing up time to lend a hand or guid­ance. He has worked at surf schools, the lo­cal pool as a life­guard and has in­structed school groups, coached the scholas­tic teams and been right in be­hind the Board Rid­ers for years. Now it turns out Daniel is work­ing for STAND and who bet­ter could we have to nur­ture our next gen­er­a­tion of kids. We sat down with Dan to find out a bit more... "STAND for chil­dren, is an or­gan­i­sa­tion that works with NZ most vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren, heal­ing re­la­tion­ships with trusted adults is what we do. My role is sup­port­ing staff to meet the va­ri­ety of needs our chil­dren have. I love my work and the kids that come our way, 300+ a year make their way to us for five week stays. Teach­ing them to surf is a great ve­hi­cle to speak into their lives, it's a medium for change. I truly be­lieve that what you see on the News each night will only get worse if we con­tinue to push these beau­ti­ful chil­dren away, we need to own our com­mu­ni­ties and the kids that live within it. To Quote Nel­son Man­dela "It takes a Vil­lage to raise a child".

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