Walk raises money for school

ALEXANDRA NEWLOVE
Last updated 05:00 27/05/2014
Billy Younger

MOMENT OF GLORY: Junior philanthropist Billy Younger presents principal Kathy Hancock with an impressive cheque for $1125.

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Billy Younger has raised $1125 for his school through a sponsored 10-kilometre walk around Whangarei.

It's no mean feat for such little legs but philanthropy runs in the family.

Billy's father, real estate agent father Gary Younger, is also on a mission to donate $10,000 worth of his sales fees to Habitat for Humanity, the Cancer Society and hospice this year.

He's already $7000 towards his goal and says his efforts inspired Billy to do something similar.

"He's done Relay for Life for the last four or five years and is always willing to help out.

"He's always thinking of others and he's a generous boy."

Billy, a student at Whangarei Primary, did his walk in two-and-a-half hours - describing it as a trip to McDonalds - "the long way".

Gary accompanied him.

"He was a bit hesitant to do the walk until I said I'd come with him," he says.

Whangarei Primary School principal Kathy Hancock says she is thrilled with what the pupil has done.

The money will be spent on video equipment and setting up a school news channel, which she says Billy will certainly be a part of.

"It's a really good story of a young boy making a decision and going for it.

"It shows that one child can really make a difference," she says.

"Our values are around courage and when he did the actual walk it was hard going at times, but what stood out for me was the fact it was initiated and run by him."

Gary tripled Billy's $1125 donation with money from his project and the proceeds will help improve the school's IT facilities.

He says Billy is proud of himself but has taken the hoopla around his achievement in his stride.

"I think he's already moved on," he says.

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- Whangarei Leader

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