Outdoor service award

19:24, Jan 22 2013
ON THE MEND: William Pike in Waikato Hospital in 2007.

Waimate High School has added another award to the mix this year, inspiring students to explore the outdoors.

The school has adopted the William Pike Challenge Award, which will be open to Waimate's year 9 students.

William Pike lost one of his legs in a volcanic eruption on Mt Ruapehu in 2007. He was 23 at the time and worked as a teacher.

As a result of his injuries, Mr Pike had a leg amputated below the knee and spent many weeks recovering in Waikato Hospital.

He has since launched his award programme, which 20 schools throughout the country offer to their students.

The award consists of eight outdoor activities, encourages participants to learn a new sport, skill or hobby and requires them to participate in 20 hours of community service.

Mr Pike will visit Waimate High School at 7pm on February 5 to talk about the programme.

Following his talk, the school's year 9 students can apply for the award.


The Timaru Herald