The 22 young people nominated for Upper Hunter Shire Council Young Endeavour Scheme gathered at the Council chambers in Scone last week to plan the next step in the adventure.
Six of them will be embarking on an amazing sailing journey in 2017 thanks to sponsors and their own fundraising toward the cost of berths on the tall ship.
Mayor Wayne Bedggood congratulated them all on being nominated by the community and sponsors and said Council was very proud of the Young Endeavour Scheme.
“All of the young people are worthy nominees and we wish we could take all of them on a voyage,” he said.
General Manager Waid Crockett said Council was proud to offer young residents the opportunity to participate in the Young Endeavour Scheme and thanked all the generous sponsors for helping to make this program possible.
“We are grateful for the strong community support for this program including Gold Sponsors – Scone RSL Club, Scone Race Club, Scone Lions Club and Riversdale Farm; Silver Sponsors - Melanie’s Matthews Family Jewellers, Scone and District CWA, the Lions Club of Aberdeen, the Bedggood family, Scone Motor Inn; and our Bronze Sponsors the St Luke’s Women’s Guild, the Merriwa District Progress Association and Murrurundi Rotary Club,” he said.
The young people will now begin fundraising, including selling chocolates, to help cover the $30,000 cost of berths for the six lucky young people, who will be chosen at a Young Endeavour Ceremony in November. At the ceremony, the names of three girls and three boys will be drawn out (as well as six reserves) to embark on an 11 day voyage with other young Australians learning how to sail a 44 metre tall ship and how to work together as a team.
Attendees at the afternoon tea also heard from two young people who took part in previous voyages, explaining what they could expect of life on board. Rachael Tillemans and Emily Towler recounted stories and experiences from their voyage earlier this year. The friendships made and leadership opportunities were noted as highlights of their adventure.
Council has supported this program, with the help of the Upper Hunter community, since 1998 and over this time nearly 80 Upper Hunter residents have been able to take the Young Endeavour voyage.
“Council’s Young Endeavour Scheme not only gives young people the unique experience of an ocean voyage on a tall ship, it challenges and inspires them, it builds their confidence and determination and it develops leadership skills,” Cr Bedggood said.
For more information contact Upper Hunter Shire Council Youth Services Supervisor Mary Spora at firstname.lastname@example.org or 02 6540 1169.
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