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Film calls for help with youth suicide

Last updated 05:00 02/11/2012
Amanda Billing

Shortland Street actress Amanda Billing is among celebrities supporting the new Y for YOUTH campaign. She is about to be splattered by jelly balls as part of the campaign’s promotional video.

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An ultra-slow motion film is bringing the wall above Britomart Country Club to life.

The film will be projected on to the central city wall tonight and tomorrow from 8.30pm till 11pm and will act as part of a groundswell-support campaign for Y for YOUTH.

Y for YOUTH is a new model of charity with the goal of being a catalyst in reducing New Zealand's youth suicide rates by creating sustained funding for youth organisations around the country.

Because Y for YOUTH is still in the development stage it is seeking individuals and businesses to assist in building the core infrastructure by supporting the organisation as Founding Angels or Companions.

The film was created by ultra-slow motion specialists and Y for YOUTH Founding Angels' number 9 Daryl Habraken and Hamish Trott from Phantom Effect.

It features Shortland Street actress Amanda Billing, musician Tiki Taane and TV presenter Jo Holley. They have come together to create a better future for New Zealand's youth.

Shot with a camera that's worth a Lamborghini, the film is captured at more than 2000 frames per second and will keep the viewers hypnotised with an incredible detail of every action.

"We were really excited to get on board with Y for YOUTH and make this film. It's a unique way to spread a message that our youth need help and businesses should step up to make a difference.

"Y for YOUTH acts as an umbrella in the sense that it's targeting many different charities at the same time. There needs to be a massive growth in the community to fix the rising youth suicide rates," Mr Habraken and Mr Trott say.

With 25 per cent youth unemployment and an extreme bullying culture, many of New Zealand's youth are vulnerable and according to the recent annual suicide statistics released by the Chief Coroner, suicides in the 15 to 19 year-old age group increased another 40 per cent in the last year.

"In New Zealand, the way the youth sector is set up is causing youth charities to compete against each other for financial stability," Y for YOUTH co-founder Lara Jane says. "We are providing ongoing funding to sustain programmes that mentor and empower youth. Ultimately this will benefit the entire community at its core."

Many celebrities and prominent figures in New Zealand have jumped on board and provided "overwhelming support" so far, she says.

For more information go to yforyouth.org or facebook.com/YforYOUTH.

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