Proactive young people step up to help community



While most of us have been confined to our houses for the past month, some proactive young people have been working hard to keep things moving.

Duke of Edinburgh Award participant and Blue Mountain College student Sydney Robertson is keeping busy in Tapanui delivering groceries to older people in the community, while also doing a shift for Meals on Wheels.

“I’ve taken over my nana’s shift for Meals on Wheels as she has to stay home,” Sydney said.
“I’m also helping my parents at Road Transport Logistics (RTL) to shift cars around so that the truck drivers are able to get home without travelling with others and breaking the Covid-19 rules”.

Alongside this, Sydney is also an essential worker at the local Tapanui Four Square where she has picked up extra shifts to help out.

Another local Duke of Edinburgh participant, Elizabeth Lamb (14), has also been out getting her elderly neighbours’ groceries for them.
‘‘I thinks it’s important to continue doing my Duke of Ed service because now is the time the community needs help the most. As I am young and not as susceptible to the virus it is better for me to go out and get the groceries for my elderly neighbours rather than them putting themselves in more risk,’’ Elizabeth said.

Duke of Edinburgh Award national director Karen Ross said being in self-isolation wasn’t stopping our determined young people from carrying on with their Duke of Ed Award activities and maintaining their wellbeing.

“The key aim of the award is to help young people build resilience, problem solving skills and self›confidence. I can’t think of anything we need more than these crucial life skills during this testing time,” Mrs Ross said.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award is the New Zealand branch of the world’s leading youth development award, which has more than 1.3 million young people taking part worldwide.

“We’ve been amazed at the initiative many are showing during the Covid-19 crisis to continue their award in new and creative ways while at home.”