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Dreams helped with Youth Council grants

Australasia’s fastest sprinter (under 18 years, over 100m) used a Hastings Youth Council Grant to help her get to the competition at which she scored the win.

Georgia Hulls was one of 18 who received a grant of between $250 and $1000 last year. The fund is administered by Hastings Youth Council. Nominations have been called for again this year, with a closing date of November 4.

Giving their peers a helping hand to achieve their goals is one of the parts of being on the Youth Council that the members enjoy most, says Hastings District Council youth co-ordinator Paddy Steffert.

Last year 18 teens received between $250 and $1000 to help them reach their dreams. The funds went toward a wide range of activities, from canoe polo and softball, to music and athletics.

Hulls was one of those to reach real heights with the help of a grant, achieving national headlines for her win at the Australian Junior Athletics Championships. See

The number and size of grants is based on the funds available. To apply for one of this year’s grants, ranging from $150 to $500, head to and download an application form. Please be aware that successful grant recipients will be required to fill out an accountability form. Applicants need to be aged between 13 and 19 and live in the Hastings District.

Last year’s grant recipients

Name                                                    Event                                                   Grant

Zoe Christall - HGHS                         National Youth Drama School         $500

Isla Christensen - Karamu               Sir Peter Blake expedition               $500

Laura Johnson – Hav Int                  Rep NZ in gym (step 8)                     $500

Sarah Morton – HGHS                     NZ under 20 soccer team                  $500

Alexia Hinton – HNHS                      NZ under 21 Canoe Polo team         $1000

Whaia te tika – Has Int                     Softball & baseball cost x 8               $500

Flo Mills - HNHS                                 Exchange student                              $500

Greer Edison - HNHS                        Spirit of adventure                              $250

Georgia Hulls - HNHS                       Rep NZ in Athletics in Sydney         $1000

Nik & Sam – Sacred Heart              Youth Orchestra trip to China            $1000

Max Sharp - Lindisfarne                  National Youth Drama School          $250

Baseball HB under 18s                   Under 18 Baseball Nationals            $500

Isabelle Douylliesz - HGHS             Hands On Otago 2016                       $500

Grace Duncan - HGHS                    Continue with music lessons              $500

Brie Keatley – no school                National Youth Drama School            $500

Darcy Snell - Lindisfarne                Music lessons                                       $500

Emma Cameron - HGHS                Spirit of adventure                                $1000

Trinity Hart - HGHS                          Exchange Students                               $500


4 October 2017

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