Donation cheque to Challenge 2000

20th June 2016 guest speakers – Steve O’ Connor of Challenge 2000 and Kapa Te Aho of Life Education Trust

Steve O’ Connor spoke to us about Challenge 2000. It is a Johnsonville based organisation which started with a small group of passionate people who dared to dream large – they wanted to change the world. Challenge 2000 works throughout the Wellington Region, providing a wide range of services and programmes to young people, families and community groups.

Steve explained, with photos, Challenge 2000’s diverse range of programmes – from Gap Year students and leadership training to youth houses and a supportive bail programme which gets alongside youth offenders to keep them out of prison. Challenge 2000 aims to work with youth to develop meaningful relationships and a whanau atmosphere and give them an example of what real life and families should be all about.

Kapa Te Aho spoke to us about the Life Education Trust. It is a not for profit organisation, which, with the use of mobile classrooms, provides a specialist curriculum to schools throughout the country. They tailor their lessons to individual schools’ needs, to help children make informed choices, with topics covering social skills and respect for others, biology, their health, food/nutrition and digital awareness.

At the end of the evening Johnsonville Rotary President Michael Hodgen presented both Steve O’Connor and Kapa Te Aho with donations from the Rotary Club of Johnsonville’s Charitable Trust, to support the excellent work the two organisations do for our youth.



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