Press Release – Recreate NZ
Auckland kids were given the opportunity to spend time with Labour Party leader David Shearer when he made a special appearance for children and young adults with disabilities on Saturday night.
Held at their new premises at St Columba Church Hall in Grey Lynn, Recreate NZ hosted an event to mark 10 years of providing quality programmes and services to youth with disabilities.
Recreate NZ Chairman Andrew Olsen said moving to a new location seemed like the perfect way to celebrate a decade of Recreate NZ. “We are very excited to become part of the Grey Lynn community, establish links with local businesses and work towards our ultimate goal of becoming an economically sustainable organisation,” he said.
The move to the central suburb has been welcomed by all those involved with the not-for-profit organisation, considering it as a vital step in the right direction. “As this is Recreate’s first permanent location it makes it easier for those in the central, western areas and the North Shore. We now also have the chance to expand our range of programmes to include life skills training and respite care services,” said Mr Olsen.
The highlight of the event was singer Josh Leys; an up and coming New Zealand musician who has performed at Big Day Out shows, opened for local band Opshop and toured around the country with musician Dane Rumble.
Local businesses Ripe Deli and Party Hire Auckland also supported the event by providing catering and equipment.
Recreate NZ is a charitable organisation committed to enhancing the intellectual, social, emotional and physical development and independence of individuals aged 9-24 years with disabilities. This is achieved through providing over 150 adventure, recreational and social programmes every year in Auckland and Christchurch.
The charity provides a challenging yet safe and supportive environment where self esteem and independence are the core focus. The services also help in preventing isolation of disabled teenagers, encouraging behavioural improvement with peers and the community as a whole.
Recreate NZ is located at 92 Surrey Crescent, in the same area as the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre and The Southern Stars Charitable Trust.
For more information visit www.recreate.org.nz or visit the Facebook page – keyword search ‘Recreate NZ’.