Stu­dents walk the walk

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

It’s no joke that thou­sands of New Zealand young peo­ple are af­fected daily by so­cial chal­lenges.

On April 3, Toko­roa schools will unite to raise aware­ness about neg­a­tive youth is­sues at The Big Walk Toko­roa 2012 event.

Eight hun­dred and fifty stu­dents and teach­ers from David Henry, Tainui, Cargill Open and Strath­more schools, Toko­roa In­ter­me­di­ate and Toko­roa High School will par­tic­i­pate in the Foun­da­tion for Youth De­vel­op­ment (FYD) Waikato’s big walk at Lake Moana-nui.

The event is a great op­por­tu­nity for young peo­ple to come to­gether to sup­port youth in the area.

It is also a chance for stu­dents to mix with other young peo­ple in the com­mu­nity, break­ing down so­cial bar­ri­ers.

Ev­ery­one is in­vited to par­tic­i­pate and en­cour­aged to make a do­na­tion to FYD Waikato on the day.

New Zealand is rated as the sec­ond high­est de­vel­oped coun­try in the world for teen preg­nancy rates with Waikato the third high­est re­gion in New Zealand ( Min­istry of So­cial De­vel­op­ment).

There are sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenges faced by our young peo­ple to­day.

The event is an op­por­tu­nity to raise aware­ness of youth is­sues and en­cour­age ev­ery­one to help make a dif­fer­ence for young peo­ple.

‘‘It is im­por­tant that we recog­nise that it’s never been an easy time get­ting through child­hood and teenage years, and young peo­ple to­day cer­tainly have even more pres­sures to deal with,’’ FYD Waikato re­gional man­ager Nathan Hight said.

For more in­for­ma­tion about FYD Waikato visit fy­d­waikato.org.nz.

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