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6/07/2017 11:00 a.m.
Thursday 6 July, 2017
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 acharity debate.
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.
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
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
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.