Press Release – Y for Youth
An ultra-slow motion film will bring the wall above Britomart Country Club to life.
Located in central Auckland, the film will be projected onto a wall from Thursday to Saturday at 8:30 pm to 11pm each night, and will act as part of a groundswell-support campaign for Y for YOUTH.
Y for YOUTH is a new model of charity with the goal of being a catalyst in reducing New Zealand’s youth suicide rates by creating sustained funding for youth organisations around the country. As Y for YOUTH is still in the development stage, they are seeking individuals and businesses to assist in building the core infrastructure by supporting the organisation as Founding Angels or Companions.
Filmed by ultra-slow motion specialists and Y for YOUTH Founding Angels number 9, Daryl Habraken and Hamish Trott of Phantom Effect, the film features local celebrities Shortland Street actress Amanda Billing, musician Tiki Taane, and TV presenter Jo Holley, who have come together to create a better future for New Zealand’s youth.
Jo Holley being “swashed’’
Shot with a camera that’s worth a Lamborghini, the film is captured at over 2000 frames per second and will keep the viewers hypnotised with an incredible detail of every action.
“We were really excited to get on board with Y for YOUTH and make this film, it’s a unique way to spread a message that our youth need help and businesses should step up to make a difference,
“Y for YOUTH acts as an umbrella in the sense that they’re targeting many different charities at the same time. There needs to be a massive growth in the community to fix the rising youth suicide rates,” say Hamish and Darryl.
With 25% youth unemployment and an extreme bullying culture, many New Zealand youth are vulnerable and according to the recent annual suicide statistics released by the Chief Coroner, suicides in the 15 to 19 year-old age group increased another 40% in the last year.
Co-Founder of Y for YOUTH, Lara Jane says, “In New Zealand, the way the youth sector is set up is causing youth charities to compete against each other for financial stability.”
“We are providing on-going funding to sustain programmes that mentor and empower youth. Ultimately this will benefit the entire community at its core,” says Lara.
Many celebrities and prominent figures in New Zealand have jumped on board and provided “overwhelming support” so far, adds Lara Jane.
Shortland Street star, Amanda expresses her commitment and utmost support towards Y for YOUTH.
“I’m backing possibility and resilience and confidence and change,” says Amanda.
Multi- platinum award winning musician Tiki Taane has also joined forces with Y for YOUTH to combat New Zealand’s appalling youth social statistic.
“Y for YOUTH has blown me away with the amount of research that has gone into developing their plan. It’s exciting, and it will evolve into a very strong, powerful movement that will make a real difference to New Zealand youth,” says Tiki.