The Young Humanitarians programme, run by New Zealand Red Cross in collaboration with Number 10 Youth One Stop Shop, gave children the chance to give back to the community while taking part in fun activities and learning how they could make a difference, Number 10 director Candace Bangura said.
“We’ve run two [Young Humanitarians] programmes each year since starting in 2016. This allows us to expand what we do with young people – it educates them on what to do in an emergency and the kids build practical skills. They learn basic first aid and also get exposed to a variety of volunteer work, all in a fun, active manner. It’s not a school-based programme, it’s all action,” she said.
The Southland children also learnt how Red Cross helped people in New Zealand and overseas, helped to deliver Meals on Wheels and trained with the local disaster welfare and support team.