Five Dunedin-based social organisations will directly
benefit from a new initiative this year, aimed at supporting
youth to develop projects that address their social or
Malcam Charitable Trust project co-ordinator Michela
Carrington said Project Changemaker has channelled the
abundant energy, youthfulness and fresh vision of 37 Queen's
High School, Bayfield High School and Otago Girls' High
School pupils, into creating and contributing to projects
that make a difference in their community.
''Project Changemaker provides an educational and leadership
opportunity that empowers students to address 21st century
issues that they are concerned about.''
She said the programme began this year, and initiatives
developed by the pupils included creating a short video about
domestic violence and where to go to get help; selling
chocolates to raise more than $300 for the Dunedin Paediatric
Ward renovations; posting resources from Rape Crisis around
school to lift awareness and organising a nail polish mufti
day to raise funds for Rape Crisis Dunedin; creating a
volunteer army to help those in need in the community; and
establishing a Facebook page with information from the SPCA
to raise awareness of animal abuse.
Miss Carrington said the participating pupils would gather
tonight at Hub 174, on Princes St, to show off the
initiatives they have been working on, and would be given
awards for their contributions and achievements.
''The presentation evening is an opportunity for all of the
students who participated, to come together with their family
... and celebrate their achievements and contributions.''