Arowhenua to follow Pike's lead

Last updated 10:59 20/03/2014
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UP FOR THE CHALLENGE: William Pike, who surrvived a climbing accident, visited Arowhenua Maori School this week where he met with pupils including, from left, Tamahou Baker, Nephai Lomano, Kye Waihape-Barrett and Te Rau Aroha Te Huia-Pairama.

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Arowhenua Maori School pupils are not afraid of a challenge.

The school adopted the William Pike Challenge Award (WPCA) this week, which coincided with a visit from the man himself - William Pike, a trained teacher and keen mountaineer.

Mr Pike was climbing Mt Ruapehu in 2007 when the mountain erupted, trapping his legs in rock and debris. He suffered severe hypothermia and consequently lost his right leg below the knee.

He has since published a book called Every Day's a Good Day, detailing his story of survival. He has also become one of New Zealand's leading young motivational and inspirational speakers.

This week, Mr Pike launched his challenge with the school, which encourages children to take part in outdoor activities and community service. It also requires participants to develop a new sport, hobby or skill.

Principal Toni O'Neill said the children listened as Mr Pike told them his story. "He told the students he had to decide whether to let this event hold him back or rise to the challenge. And, rise to the challenge he did, not only returning to the outdoors, but inspiring young people to do the same."

The WPCA is an outdoor activity-based programme run over one school year.

The challenge is a gateway to new experiences, opportunities and a means of developing a positive youth culture for the nation. The aim is to develop well- rounded and confident Kiwi children through outdoor experience and connection with their community.

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- The Timaru Herald


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