The Lincoln ICONZ group handing over their donation to the Lincoln volunteer fire brigade

Learning whilst fundraising

by Ann van Engelen

Recently the Lincoln ICONZ boys completed their Tycoonz and Fundraiser awards as part of their Boys’ Brigade accomplishments with funds raised going to the local volunteer fire brigade.

“The boys built birdhouses and planter boxes, and as part of the exercise they had to work out how much each product was going to cost to build and then sell them at a profit,” said leader Alistair Morris.

The funds raised from the boys’ achievements are donated to a charity or worthy organisation.

“This year’s recipients were the Lincoln volunteer fire brigade. Members of the brigade came to Lincoln Baptist church where the Lincoln ICONZ group is based and gratefully received a cheque for $550.00, which they have said will allow for new equipment to be purchased.”

Previous organisations to receive money have been the Cancer society, Selwyn Waiwera Youth trust and the Leeston RSA.

“Boys’ Brigade was started in Scotland in 1883 by Sir William Smith and is now all over the commonwealth. ICONZ is for boys age six to 18 years old with different age-appropriate groups. Each of the programmes provides fun and exciting activities with opportunities for children and young people to be recognised for their participation and achievement through awards.”

There are currently 26 boys enrolled at Lincoln ICONZ learning the importance of obedience, discipline and self-respect along with many other life skills. For more information go to iconz.org.nz or phone Alistair Morris on 021 390 084.