Cash nets charity trailer

Last updated 05:00 09/01/2014
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CHUFFED: Heart for Youth’s Beach Haven founder Ross McCook says the $4155 grant will cover the cost of a trailer to transport camping gear around.

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A youth charity will be able to transport camping gear safely thanks to a $4100 grant.

Heart For Youth Trust, started in 2012 by Beach Haven's Ross McCook, has been given $4155.40 by the Mazda Foundation.

Mr McCook says the charity aims to teach youth and young adults life skills, self-esteem and encourage personal growth with a focus on environmental education.

As part of what it does the trust takes groups of young people away on a Kiwi camping holiday experience, including outdoor pursuits such as bush walking and tramping.

"It will be extremely useful as it will mean we no longer have to hire additional vehicles to transport the equipment which is very costly," Mr McCook says.

It is hoped the trailer will be up and running for the summer camps, he says.

Mr McCook suffered years of drug and alcohol abuse, starting at age 11, and survived four near-death car crashes.

He told the North Shore Times last year that local church members were first to extend a helping hand.

In the decade since his recovery he has opened his home and his heart to youth from all backgrounds.

The Mazda Foundation has now given out more than $1.5 million to 410 recipients since it was set up in 2005.

It is funded through a contribution from the sale of every new Mazda in New Zealand. More than $51,000 was given to 20 individuals and groups from around New Zealand, including Heart for Youth, as part of the foundation's final round of funding for 2013.

Next year's round of Mazda Foundation funding applications close March 31.

Go to mazdafoundation. org.nz to apply.

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