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Sandcastles organiser nominated for Youth Volunteer Award

May 31st, 2011
[by Will Garland]

The Motueka High School Year 10 student who ran the "Sandcastles for Christchurch" competition will be recognised for his efforts at the Nelson Tasman Youth Volunteer awards ceremony to be held in three weeks.

On the 1st of May, Kaiteriteri beach was buzzing with people all digging for the "Sandcastles for Christchurch" competition. This inaugural event was the brainwave of 14 year old, Peter Everett.

Peter came up with the idea as he and his family sat on the serene Kaiteriteri beach eating an ice cream and pondering what to do to help Christchurch people after hearing on the radio that there was yet another after shock. The competition was so successful that Peter was able to send $1600 off to the Westpac Bank for Christchurch. "I was blown away by people's generosity," said Peter after the event.

The next thing that was a surprise to Peter was hearing that he had been nominated for a Youth Volunteer Award. Like a number of other young people in Motueka, Peter's initiative and generosity is to be recognised at a function at The Hub in Nelson on 23 June at 5.30pm.

Motueka High School's Community Services Captains, Amanda Spittall and Joni Tomsett have also been nominated for their services to the school and to the community. Amanda and Joni are Breakfast Club volunteers, belong to the environmental club, MECA, help with Amnesty International, SADD and World Vision campaigns and are kind and compassionate role models for other students.

The nominations for the award don't close until this Friday and it is expected that the majority of nominations won't come in till later this week. Every nomination will receive a certificate of achievement and the top five from each area, as judged by their respective Youth Councils, will receive a prize to the value of $50.

This is a special event and Peter has high hopes of being recognised. Let's look forward to more community events from Peter Everett.

[Photos by Lisa Ball]


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