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Monday, April 19, 2010

Youth Development Course - Outdoor ed and living on a yacht

Via Kathrin:

"The Otago Masonic Charitable Trust operates as charitable arm for the Otago Masonic Lodges in providing funds for charity to the community. Each year the Trust gives around $100,000 to a variety of organisations or persons through grants and educational scholarships. The Trusts objectives include the supporting of the disabled, the elderly and youth. To this end we have in the past provided funds to young people to go to Outward Bound or Spirit of Adventure courses.

Recently, we have re-evaluated this programme and have decided to change the way we assist young people in their personal development. With this in mind we have recently launched a new initiative.

The Trust offers a 7 Day outdoor Education Programme, in association with Elwing Discoveries, based at Stewart Island, especially for young people who have left school, and are aged between 16 and 25 years old. Applications Close 30 June 2010

The 2010 course commences at Bluff on 17th OCTOBER finishing on 23rd October. Cost to participants (or sponsors) $150 plus travel to and from Bluff. The Trust will meet the balance of the costs. The course is limited to 10 persons.

Participants will be involved in some academic study, kayaking, snorkelling, bush walking, boating, and will live onboard the yacht ‘Elwing’. As part of the course the participants will study towards their NZ Coastguard Dayskipper Certificate, and the NZ VHF Operators Certificate. The objective of the course is help develop the life skills of the participants both individually and as team members, while experiencing a wonderful part of New Zealand.

You may like to look at the ‘Elwing Discoveries’ website: www.southernlights.co.nz/elwing

If you require more information or are interested in supporting a young person on this programme, please contact myself as Trust Secretary, (03) 454 2533, Barry Jackson, our Central Otago Sub District secretary (03) 448 6847 or any Otago Masonic Lodge.

Yours faithfully
Grant Watson.
Otago Masonic Charitable Trust. Ph (03) 454 2533
email (remove spaces) kipling4 @ paradise.net.nz"

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