Ashburton Youth Council to take on District Councillors at charity debate

6/07/2017 11:00 a.m.

Thursday 6 July, 2017

It’s not often local governments would argue against their own relevance in today’s society, but that’s exactly what Ashburton District Councillors will be doing on the 26 July when they take on the Ashburton Youth Council in a
charity debate.

The tongue-in-cheek topic ‘are councils still relevant today’ was announced at the Ashburton District Council meeting last Thursday, when members of the Ashburton Youth Council officially invited the District Councillors to the second ever AYC vs ADC Debate.

Before revealing the topic, Mayor Donna Favel was asked to select which side the District Councillors would argue, opting for the negative team. That decision means Councillors Leen Braam, Selwyn Price and Mark Malcolm will be arguing against the relevance of councils, while their opponents Youth Councillors Alyce Lysaght, Henry Hickman and Sophie Kettley will attempt to prove why they are.

AYC Chairperson Alyce Lysaght says the Youth Council is excited to be organising the debate again and is encouraging the community to turn out to support the fun event.

“This year, we will be raising money for youth organisation, CanTeen who do great work supporting young people living with cancer. To further encourage donations and add a little more excitement on the night, we are inviting Councillors and Council staff to raise money through sponsorships to shave their heads on the evening.

“This is a great opportunity for the community to see our two representative councils come together while supporting a wonderful cause. It’s designed to be a fun and entertaining night so make sure you don’t miss out.”

Entry to the debate will be a gold coin donation. The AYC vs ADC Debate will start at 6.30pm at the Ashburton College auditorium on Wednesday 26 July.

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