Youth council reluctantly postpones awards

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en29YouthLucy.Jpg Young leader...St Peters College pupil Lucy Swain receives the Gore District Council Junior Supreme Award from Gore District mayor Tracy Hicks at the Gore Youth Awards on Saturday. PHOTO:SUPPLIED

An awards night which celebrates the youth of the Gore district has been postponed until next year.

Youth Council chairwoman Olivia Crawford said she was sad the 2021 Youth Awards were cancelled but knew it was the right decision.

“The majority of us thought it was better to postpone it.

“Especially because at the moment in Level 2 only 50 people would be allowed to attend and that would take up the nominees and acts, so it seemed like the logical decision.”

The councillors had done some planning on the event before the postponement, she said.

“We decided on a country theme but we have an MC [master of ceremonies] who will be able to come at any stage and whenever the date is set again.”

The youth councillors would still send out nominations for next year’s event , she said.

“We are still doing things to prepare for it so hopefully we can get nominations out there, because there is no reason not to do that.”

The councillors planned to hold fundraising events instead of the Youth Awards, she said.

“We have talked about fundraising for a charger for people who use electric wheelchairs.

“One of our fellow youth councillors has the issue of not having enough charge to get around all the shops in Gore and this is an actual problem, so we hope to do that in the near future.”