Posted by Carly Roper on Thursday 29 July 2010
The St Helens Young Leadership Challenge, delivered by St Helens Chamber, is helping 24 young people to undertake a once in a lifetime opportunity on a three week community and trekking project in Nicaragua, Central America.
The Challenge, which is supported by global charity Raleigh International, is designed to give the participants training in leadership skills and provide an opportunity to put them into practice. During the project, students will take part in community work with the social enterprise co-operatives which grow Fairtrade products. This will also involve construction work and helping local people process their products for export.
The expedition will get underway on 4th August after almost 6 months preparation work, as the group, who are all aged 16-19, jet off for the adventure of a lifetime.
“A key part of the Challenge has been fundraising within the local community,” said Martin Foulkes from St Helens Chamber. “This has been harder than ever in the current economic climate, but has been made possible through support from local companies.”
A number of local businesses have provided crucial sponsorship and provided opportunities for the young people to raise funds for the trip.
Mark Worth, Managing Director of MAW Confidential Waste Management Ltd, was happy to sponsor Kirsty Yates, an Apprentice at St Helens Chamber. He said: “It is really important that our young people get these opportunities to develop their skills so that when they enter the workplace they are able to handle problems and be confident. I hope Kirsty gets the experiences from the expedition to help her career.”
St Helens Chamber would like to thank the following companies for their kind sponsorship and support during the preparation for the Challenge:
Andrew Beswick Civil Engineering Ltd
Arriva North West & Wales
Billinge Health and Fitness Studio
Brian Farrington Ltd
Compass Bearing and Engineering Supplies
Costco Wholesale UK
GPW Recruitment Ltd
Haydock Sports College
ITN Mark Education
Jem xtreme Cheerleaders
MAW Confidential Waste Management Ltd
My Key Pay
Parish Church Playgroup
Rotary Club of St Helens
Saints Community Development Funds
St Lawrence’s Catholic Primary School, Kirkby
St John Ambulance (St Helens Division)
Thatto Heath Community Primary School
Thatto Heath Royal British Legion
The Rainford Trust
Whiston Glass & Glazing
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