Two hundred and fifty Canterbury students descended on Auckland today for the second part of Youthtown’s Break from the Quake camps.
Youthtown has organised for more than 500 children aged 10-18 to escape the city over the school holidays for fun and adventurous ‘Break from the Quake’ camps in the North Island.
Today Auckland campers will be given a tour of the newly installed Maori Waka at the Viaduct followed by a live, personalised performance from the Topp Twins at The Cloud followed by exclusive entry to the giant rugby ball on Queens Wharf.
The young Cantabrians are split between three locations in Auckland, Hunua and Huntly, with an exciting array of activities lined up to entertain and delight during the week. The camps are completely free of charge, with all costs including airfares, travel, food, accommodation and activities covered by Youthtown and other sponsors and supporters.
The October camps were originally scheduled to take place in the second week of the July holidays but inclement weather in both Christchurch and Auckland caused the cancellation of flights and postponement of the second week of camps.
Youthtown CEO, Keith Thorpe, says a great deal of work and research took place behind the scenes that led to the idea to deliver Youthtown ‘Break from the Quake’ camps which enable the city’s youth to have fun and be kids again.
“We are delighted to deliver the second week of camps for the children and youth of Christchurch who have experienced a tough year at the hands of Mother Nature and deserve a break. It’s going to be an exciting week,” he said.
Campers at Hunua will enjoy high ropes, orienteering, a disco and a night at the movies.
Auckland campers will take day trips to Auckland Zoo, Motat, the movies and Eden Park.
Campers in Huntly will also try their hand at a range of activities including kayaking, horse trekking, archery, low ropes and a Frisbee golf day.
All three groups will enjoy a day at Auckland’s largest theme park, Rainbow’s End.
The students are being accompanied by selected supervisors and caregivers to ensure continuity of care while away from home. Youthtown has partnered with a series of organisations including Air New Zealand and The Levene Foundation to enable the camps to happen.
Other businesses that have generously donated products and services include Telecom, Farmers, Rainbow’s End, Auckland Zoo, MOTAT, Spirit of Adventure Trust, Subway, Northern Districts Coastguards, Eden Park Trust Board, Auckland Rugby Union, Skycity, Event Cinemas, Brightstar, NZ Maritime Museum, Snowplanet, Tree Adventures, Vero, Coca-Cola and KFC.
For more information on Youthtown Break from the Quake visit www.youthtown.org.nz.