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Nescafe Big Break Entries Close in One Month

'Nescafe Big Break Entries Close in One Month'


MEDIA RELEASE July 02 2002

Kiwi Youth Urgently Need To Get Entries In For 2002 Nescafé Big Break

Entries for the 2002 Nescafé Big Break programme have been pouring in from Kiwi youth, desperately seeking a share of a quarter of a million dollars that could turn their dreams into reality.

Any young person aged 16-24 with an innovative idea or special talent are urged to enter online on the Nescafé Big Break website www.nescafebigbreak.co.nz before close off date, which is 2 August 2002.

This year the age group categories have been extended to offer more people the opportunity to enter. The two age categories are 16 - 19 olds and 20 - 24 year olds. Six winners from each age group category will each receive AUD$20,000, and four runner-up winners will each receive AUD$2,000.

Nestlé Marketing Manager Beverages, Mark Beales, says Nescafé Big Break is for any young person with a great idea that needs a cash start to realise their dream.

"Nescafé Big Break is unique in that it's not designed to be a high achievement award. It's about giving our young people the freedom to choose what they want to do with their lives and providing them with the cash to pursue their dreams and goals.

"We don't dictate how the cash must be spent and as we don't have specific categories or criteria on entering. Our entries tend to cover the full gamut from inventors to wanna be pop stars," he says.

In September 400 semi-finalists (200 from each age category) will be selected and asked to submit further details about their entry in order to become a finalist. Twenty finalists will then be chosen (10 from each age category) and flown to Sydney in November to present their ideas to a judging panel comprising of Nescafé Big Break past winners.

Last year Sarah Raudkivi (19) of Epsom, Auckland was awarded AUD$20,000.

New Zealand's top female fencer, Sarah Raudkivi, used some of her Nescafé Big Break winnings to train at one of the world's best fencing school's, Goloubitsky Fencing Centre, Netherlands in February.

"My goal is to be the first woman to represent New Zealand in fencing at the Olympic Games in Athens 2004 and winning a Nescafé Big Break has enabled me to finance the best possible training to help me realise my dream," she says.

Sarah's well on her way having just been selected for the Commonwealth Games in Manchester later this month.

Entry forms are now available online at http://www.nescafebigbreak.co.nz or by calling the hotline on 0800 430 043.


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