Nurturing our future
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".