RSA's future in hands of youth

Last updated 05:00 22/11/2013
RSA Youth
Kelly Dennett

YOUNG MEMBERS: From left, Caleb McIvor, 14, Amaya Lodge-Osborn, 14, Arielle Papalii, 16, Serena Lodge-Osborn and Jessica McLachlan, 14.

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The Returned Services Association is not just for the elderly.

Glen Eden RSA youth delegate Helen Erickson says the association works hard to keep youth interested.

It's imperative to its survival, she says.

"It's not just for fuddy duddies."

By way of example the association is holding a fundraiser concert for some of its youngest members this weekend.

Six teenage members are heading to Sydney next year as part of the RSA New South Wales Reciprocal Tour.

The biennial tour is intended for youth to teach their Australian counterparts about New Zealand culture through a series of concerts.

The group will perform a variety of dances including the waltz and haka, and Caleb McIvor, 14, will sing a solo from The Fray.

The tour will serve the dual role of teaching others about New Zealand culture as well as providing a platform for youth, Miss Erickson says.

"They're the ones who will be keeping the RSA going and we've got very, very few ex-servicemen in these clubs, it will end up being associate members," Miss Erickson says.

"If we don't keep it going it will die out."

On Saturday, the RSA is presenting a live R18 music gig featuring West Auckland bands including Troubled Frank to fundraise for the teenager's pending trip.

Doors open at 7pm and tickets cost $10. Visit glenedenrsa.org.nz.

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