Friday 25 March 2011

YEA! and their amazing race

YEAH BABY: Cairns Regional's Council's youth development officer Glen Martin, Cairns YEA! committee chair Councillor Kirsten Lesina, Mayor Val Schier with Paricxit Dahal, Sharine Hornig, Lidi Li and Cameron Howlett.

The team from Cairns YEA!, Council's youth engagement and action initiative,
launched a unique race through Cairns this morning that will test teenagers' local knowledge.
YEA! acts as Council’s youth advisory committee and is staging the 'Amazing Race-style event' on Saturday April 2nd.

“The race will be run in a series of stages, where participants will have to do things like find a particular fruit at Rusty’s Markets, prepare a Meals on Wheels lunch, identify native trees, pack a cyclone evacuation kit, follow a bus timetable and race against the Mayor in a bike ride,” councillor Kirsten Lesina said. "The initiative highlights council’s commitment to the personal development and entertainment of young people in our region."

There will also be a beer goggle obstacle course to demonstrate the dangers of excessive drinking, with all activities targeting messages about health, education, safety or environmental awareness.

The race is open to Year 10-12 students, runs from 1.30pm - 3.30pm. The winning team will receive a $1,000 to spend at JB Hi-Fi.

A Sundown youth concert will follow the race and features local bands Colour Society, Phoenix Rising, Sonic Probe and Jobstopper, as well as an Arc Disability Drumming Beats performance, DJ Battle Cat and the Cultural Dance Troop. Sean Choolburra will MC the event

The concert will be on the Esplanade, opposite the night markets, from 4pm to 7pm.


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