Teen off to Blake forum

GERMARI HERSELMAN
Last updated 05:00 29/03/2014
Jonathan Cash
Ready to go: Jonathan Cash, 17, is ready for his five day trip to Wellington for the Sir Peter Blake Youth EnviroLeaders’ Forum
Jonathan Cash
Ready to go: Jonathan Cash, 17, is ready for his five day trip to Wellington for the Sir Peter Blake Youth EnviroLeaders’ Forum

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Blenheim teen Jonathan Cash is honoured to be one of 50 students chosen from 200 applicants to attend this year's Sir Peter Blake Youth EnviroLeaders' Forum.

The 11th annual youth forum in Wellington will take the students on an urban expedition through the greater Wellington region, to experience and learn about climate change and ocean health.

Marlborough Boys' College student Jonathan, 17, said he was looking forward to the five-day adventure, starting on April 27. "I was thrilled and proud to be chosen - thrilled for myself and proud to represent Marlborough. I have an passion for the outdoors and enjoy getting involved with environmental projects - don't think I'll make a career out of it, but I love doing it," he said.

As chairman of the Marlborough Boys' College Environmental Council, he hoped the forum would help expand his knowledge about the environment.

Sir Peter Blake Trust CEO Shelley Campbell said Jonathan should be proud to be selected from 200 applicants. She was incredibly proud to see how passionate these young New Zealanders were about the environment.

"During his sailing career Sir Peter noticed critical changes taking place in the marine environment, and started Blake expeditions to draw global attention to these issues," Ms Campbell said.

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- The Marlborough Express

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