Six young people will be embarking on an amazing sailing journey in 2017 thanks to Young Endeavour sponsors including Upper Hunter Shire Council and their own fundraising toward the cost of berths on the tall ship.
Conor Edwards, Ethan Hansia, and Elizabeth Croaker (students at Scone Grammar School) Jake Speck and Brianna Denley (Scone High School) and Paige Haydon from Cassilis (a student at UNE), were those picked out of a hat containing the names of the 22 young people nominated for the 2017 tall ship journey.
The lucky draw was held at a special event last night at Scone Race Club, where Mayor Wayne Bedggood and the Young Endeavour team thanked the generous sponsors who made this life-changing experience possible.
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.
Gold Sponsors – Scone RSL Club, Scone Race Club, Scone Lions Club, AGL Macquarie and Riversdale Farm.
Silver Sponsors - Melanie’s Matthews Family Jewellers, Scone and District CWA, Scone Motor Inn, the Bedggood family, and Errol and Beryl Bates.
Bronze Sponsors - the St Luke’s Women’s Guild, the Lions Club of Aberdeen, the Merriwa District Progress Association and Murrurundi Rotary Club.
The evening was emceed by members of the Young Endeavour crew who sailed earlier this year - Lachlan Ryan, Elodi Turri, Rachael Tillemans, Emily Towler and Campbell Jones - who ran the event showing the maturity and teamwork a trip on the Young Endeavour fosters.
“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 develops leadership skills," Cr Bedggood said.
The six Young Endeavour crew will sail from Sydney, 9 to 19 April 2017.
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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