Rowers take to the water for youth
The arapuni dam dash is set to draw in over 500 competitors from around New Zealand to compete in the 15km and 30km races down the mighty Waikato river to raise fund for Nga Hau e Wha Whanau Hoe – a group dedicated to providing opportunities for disadvantaged youth.
President of the club, Damian Sutton, is excited about the fundraiser which hits the water on October 14 at Arapuni’s Jones Landing.
‘‘We need to provide positive opportunities to our youth for them to succeed, there are too many opportunities for them to fail as it is.”
Mr Sutton has been paddling for 12 years, and has coached for eight years.
‘‘I have coached in Whakatane and Rotorua with high school- aged children. It has kept kids out of trouble and doing something positive.’’
This event will consist of kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddlers and outriggers battling it out for supremacy.
The event is in its first year and the group is trying to raise the other $4000 to purchase a six-man waka ama after the Lion Foundation donated $10,000.
Nga Hau e Wha Whanau Hoe is excited about bringing waka ama to the south Waikato community.
Mr Sutton said they have received great support for the regatta and donating.
The club originally set up to help youth at risk with alcohol, suicide, behavioural and drug issues reach their potential and become future leaders in their community.
‘‘The reason for the day is our youth and the club has offered and open opportunity for any youth groups and service providers to come done and set up stalls for free to show the community what there is on offer in South Waikato for the youth.’’ Mr Sutton said.
There will also be a craft and food stalls on the day.
If any one wanting to volunteer on the day or be part of the craft market or youth options call president Damian Sutton on 021 060 7833.
ROWING TO SUCCESS: Nga Hau e Wha Whanau Hoe are holding a Waka Ama regatta at Jones’ Landing in Arapuni on October 14 to raise funds for disadvantaged youth.