By Ye-Ram and Monica
As members of the senior council at Hillmorton High, Monica and Ye-Ram were part of the discussion about the number of students attending their school without starting the day with breakfast.
In 2016 their health class ran a breakfast club as part of an assessment, the success of this project inspired Ye-Ram and Monica to run another breakfast club to help address the issue of students coming to school hungry. The funds from the Coffee Culture Local Heroes Award will be used to purchase healthy foods for The Breakfast Club which will run two days a week for 4- 5 months.
By Liam Barclay and The Timaru Boys’ High Mountainbike Club
There are 100’s of primary and secondary school students who ride the mountainbike tracks in Timaru’s Centenial Park. For Liam and the members of the Timaru Boys’ High Mountainbike Club these tracks are a favourite place to ride and encourage others to get active on their bikes. With so many using these facilities, Liam and the club really wanted to be able to contribute to the community by working on maintaining the track. Together with the South Canterbury Mountainbike Club and Timaru District Council, Liam and the Timaru Mountainbike Club are using the money from the Local Heroes Award to buy mateirals for track development and maintenance followed by a lunch for the volunteers.
By Jesse Stevens
Rolleston College is a new school in the growing community of Rolleston. Jesse Stevens has always been passionate about rugby, health and wellbeing and an advocate for women in sport. With support from Rolleston College and the Rolleston Rugby Club, Jesse is determined to start a girls rugby team in the school. Jesse will use the funds from the Local Heroes Award to purchase a kit for the team once a team has been put together. A team kit encourages team spirit and inspires more young women to play sport.
By James Caldwell and 7ADOLESENCE group
Men’s mental health isn’t often talked about and needs more support within our communities. James and the 7ADOLESENCE group were moved to take action after a talk by Jono Pryor on the Jono and Ben show after the death of a friend who took his own life. The group then came up with the Open Up campaign to help spread awareness and encouage young men talk about mental health. The funds from the Local Heroes Award will be used to launch the campaign which will include custom designed t-shirts and come in a box with powerful and informative messages about mental health. Money raised from the campaign will be donated to Movember and support a national campaign to change the stigma around mental health.
By Emma Brown
After being diagnosed witn endometriosis, Emma became aware that there is a lack of edcuation and support for those with the desease in South Canterbury. Endometriosis New Zealand has a menstrual health and endometriosis school education programme known as ‘me’ which has been operational in other areas of Canterbury, Nelson and Marlborough for 20 years. The programme is funding reliant, therefore some regions such as South Canterbury have not yet benefited from the programme. Emma will be using the money from the Local Heroes Award to bring an educator from Endmetriosis NZ to speak in South Canterbury for two presentations. Emma’s long term goal is to continue to raise money and awareness so that all schools in South Canterbury can have this programme.
By Alyssa Thomas and Lincoln High UNICEF group
Alyssa and the members of Lincoln Highs UNICEF group are passionate about the work UNICEF does around the world to improve the lives of those who need it most, particularly children. This work inspired them to put together a Children’s Community Fun Day where the money raised would go towards UNICEF’s work internationally. The group will be using the money from their Local Hereos Award to put together this fun day and cover the costs of the venue hire, bouncy castle and other entertainment. The group aim to make this an annual event, giving back to their local community and making a difference overseas.