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PI kids take responsibility for themselves

10 June 2005

PI kids take responsibility for themselves over substance abuse

Pacific Island youngsters are taking an anti drug and alcohol message to their peers, through the churches popular with different Island communities

“This is the about kids taking responsibility for themselves and their choices,” says Marjorie Leatua, the Pacific Island Advisory Board’s youth representative.

“We are seeking to help youth to make connections with treatment and raise awareness in the community. The church as the hub of Pacific Island life is a good place to start, with a cultural provider paving the way,” Marjorie says.

“They are getting the drug and alcohol message at school, but this coming right into the heart of their communities,” says Ms Leatua.

The promotion titled “It’s Up to You” will be pitched to Cook Island, Niuean, Tuvalu, Fijian, Samoan and Tongan youth groups. The project seeks to make connections from Pacific Island communities to mainstream providers such as CADS, Tupu and Odyssey House.

“It’s Up to You” will be officially launched at 11am Monday 13 June at the Lincoln Green function room, Lincoln Rd, Henderson.

The service will be provided by Pasifika Healthcare through the CAYAD (Communities Action on Youth, Drugs and Alcohol) programme.

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