Fund backs up Zac
A fund to financially assist youth into recreational activities has benefited 83 young people in Horowhenua.
So far $7500 has been given away from the Activating Youth Fund, launched in April as part of Horowhenua's Social Sector Trial. The fund provides financial assistance for youth aged 12 to 18 to participate in sport, performing arts, music and culture activities.
One of the recipients was Levin 14-year-old Zac Andrew, granted $60 to cover his season fees with the Horowhenua Canoe Polo Club.
While not a large sum, Zac said it meant his mother did not have to pay it. She already paid for his rowing club fees, as well as activities for his brother and two sisters. Zac enjoys the sport and playing goalkeeper.
"Your team's other players are counting on you to save goals and that sense of responsibility is a good feeling."
Social Sector Trial project co- ordinator Sue Hori Te Pa said the fund had proved very popular since it was created.
"But there has not been a lot of uptake lately and we would just love to be able to give some more dollars away," she said.
"Many families find it difficult to cover the cost of their children's many extra-curricular activities. So this fund is available to assist and encourage youth to be active and to take a little of the burden off the family budget."
Application forms are available at horowhenua.govt.nz or from Life to the Max on 368 8005.