Front Row: Chris Allan, Laura Williams, Courtney Thomas, Chloe McKenzie, Dame Patsy Reddy, Zoe Price, Rebecca Allan, Patrick Henkell Back Row: Charles Simpson, Fabian Hokendijk, Cameron Bainton

Young people honoured

by Mike Isle

Nine young people from Rolleston’s Joshua Foundation have been presented with Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards by the Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy.

Gold is the highest and given to those 16 years and above who have previously won Bronze and Silver Awards.

The award recipients were Laura Williams, Courtney Thomas, Chloe McKenzie, Zoe Price, Rebecca Allan, Patrick Henkell, Charles Simpson, Fabian Hokendijk and Cameron Bainton.

Chris Allan, who with his wife Pamela is the co-founder of the Joshua Foundation said he was immensely proud of all the young people and what they had achieved.

“[They] had to work for 12 months in three key areas: service to the community, developing a new skill and becoming physically active.

They were also required to do a residential activity for five days and four nights in a setting that is outside their comfort zone.

“We are very proud of these young people, and recognise their resilience, their ability to think outside the square and their willingness to serve the local communities,” Allan said. One of Chris and Pamela’s two daughters, Rebecca, was one of the award recipients.

The Joshua Foundation is an Oranga Tamariki approved organisation, and a member of the Canterbury Youth Workers Collective (CYWC).

For further information visit their website: joshuafoundation.co.nz or call Chris on 029 456 7482.