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The Ashburton Youth Council (AYC)
is set to dish up another great community event, after securing funding to host
a second Bite Nite.
I thoroughly enjoyed the
inaugural Bite Nite last year and can’t wait to see what AYC will deliver this
time around. The event provides a wonderful opportunity for AYC to work with
other youth in the district and learn how to organise and run a large-scale
community gathering. Everything from health and safety plans; booking vendors
and security; decorating; and publicity were looked after by last year’s team.
Hundreds of people filled
Baring Square East and enjoyed an improvised comedy show from The Court
Theatre’s Scared Scriptless troupe. It was a fitting opportunity to brighten up
Baring Square East, which looked magnificent with coloured lanterns and fairy
lights. There was also plenty of delicious food served up by a mix of local and
out-of-town food trucks.
AYC also used the event to
raise funds for the team at 24/7 Youth Work, who have youth workers at
Ashburton Intermediate and Ashburton College. The 24/7 team came down on the
night and helped AYC set everything up and pack it all away. It was great to
see these two groups working together to bring such a positive, well-supported
event to our community.
The Bite Nite event came about
last year, after the Council heard that young people wanted more events in
Ashburton. AYC applied for Ministry of Youth Development funding and came up
with the Bite Nite concept. This time around, Council is delighted to support
our Youth Council by recognising the value of this event for our district and
granting the funding to put it on again.
As part of Council’s Long Term
Plan, we allocated $70,000 to be put into a Community Events budget for Council-run
community events. AYC was granted $13,000 to fund the next Bite Nite event,
which is planned for September.
AYC has a Facebook page,
which you can find at facebook.com/AshYouthCouncil, to keep an eye out for more
Bite Nite announcements.