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Day to remember for over 3000 children

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15 September 2014

Youth Charity Blue Light provides day to remember for over 3000 children

Blue Light, the youth charity which works in partnership with the New Zealand Police, is set to provide the ultimate fun day out for over 3000 children this weekend. The children will arrive by bus and minivan from Blue Light branches throughout the North Island with a special group travelling up from Christchurch to spend a day of fun and activities at Rainbows End, Auckland.

The event, which is held over two days has been run by Blue Light for the past 20 years and is a calendar highlight for many young people from lower socio-economic areas who might otherwise not have the opportunity of enjoying a trip to Auckland and a day at a theme park.

“It’s great to be able to run this fun event and provide an enjoyable day out for young people. Because the trip is organised by local Blue Light branches young people spend the day having fun with local Police Officers which is the perfect way to build strong community partnerships and breaks down any barriers that might exist between young people and the Police” says Warren Sloss, Blue Light National Programs Manager.

Blue Light is grateful for the support of AA Insurance, their corporate sponsor, who make the Rainbows End fun day possible. In addition each local Blue Light branch sources funding from local businesses in their area which helps to finance their trip and this generous support is greatly appreciated.

Blue Light is a registered charity and has been operating in New Zealand for the past 30 years. Blue Light has a strong vision of Empowering Youth. All Blue Light programs and activities are designed to; reduce the incidence of young people being an offender or victim of crime and to encourage better relations between young people, their parents, the police and the communities we live in. For further information visit www.bluelight.nz

New Zealand Blue Light

New Zealand Blue Light is a registered charity and community policing youth program that for the past 30 years has run programs and activities for youth throughout New Zealand free from drugs, alcohol and violence.

Blue Light aims to reduce youth crime, build community partnerships, build young people’s self-esteem, enhance community safety as well as build positive youth and police partnerships. Blue Light New Zealand is a nationwide incorporated society which has a national executive committee and operates 74 branches nationwide. Each branch is responsible for sourcing their own funding to facilitate and provide their own youth community programs.

Blue light is supported by police officers, who carry out Blue Light activities over and above their normal police duties along with civilian volunteers. Those involved with Blue Light are passionate about youth and in particularly providing positive experiences for those who may otherwise not have an opportunity.

Although Blue Light is supported by police, the two operate totally independently and Blue Light does not receive any funding from police. Blue Light is thankful for the support of its corporate sponsor AA Insurance.

See www.bluelight.co.nz or visit www.facebook.com/nzbluelight

Blue Light originally began in Australia as a community policing initiative and remains very strong in all of the Australian States and is now active in the Solomon Islands, East Timor, Cook Islands, New Zealand and Scotland.


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