Eva and Jazz, students at South, have taken up the challenge of making it safer for youth to ride their bikes on our roads and cycle ways. They were recipients of funding from Youth Voice Canterbury’s ‘Big Ideas Fund,’ and have put a new twist on the hi-vis vest in the hope that other students will be encouraged to wear a protective piece of clothing to help keep them safe.
While the vests are still the classic fluro they have a very cool, surfer-inspired design on the back. Central to the design is the message - marutau - be safe.
One of our 24/7Youth Workers, Holly, has supported the girls to apply for a grant from the Canterbury Youth Initiative Fund, and encouraged them to seek support from local businesses – Bunnings Tower Junction and Gooses Screen Design.
Their great idea has become a reality. On Tuesday 2 April, the students gifted 65 of the 75 vests to Christchurch South Intermediate students at a school assembly. They intend to give the remaining 10 away as spot prizes during the year.
TVNZ showed interest in their initiative and came to school on Wednesday 3 April to film them live on Breakfast TV and then produced an article for the TVNZ Midday News. The article is also available online - (Click here)