More than 30 enthusiastic local youth gathered at the Cook Islands Red Cross headquarters in Tupapa on Tuesday for a day of “teen-bonding” with the youngsters having so much fun learning – they asked to continue the programme today.
Red Cross Youth Co-ordinator Tabitha Berg, who is being ably supported by Red Cross youth ambassadors Tanara Tua, Che Mackenzie-Hoff and Sean Bullen, explains that the Red Cross Youth movement is steered by a young and energetic group of youth volunteering together to promote positive behavioural change.
Berg adds that the Red Cross Youth movement is also a space for youth to practice their humanitarian outreach to better our communities and prepare them for their future.
Fun and motivational games organised for the Summer Break Social day were created based on the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement’s Fundamental Principles of Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Spirit, Universality and Unity as well as the Movement’s collective goal of alleviating all human suffering wherever it may be found.
Making new friends was the first order of the day for Red Cross youth members who were placed into teams and tasked with creating a team name and team chant followed by a “teen-bonding” trek to Raemaru.
The group of teens returned from the trek firmer friends, energised and keen to continue their growth and development and to be part of the Cook Islands Red Cross Society’s mission of building a resilient Cook Islands through the power of Humanity.
Today’s event starts at 8.30am and will wrap up at 1pm.
Red Cross Youth Co-ordinator Tabitha Berg and her team of youth volunteers have some exciting plans in the pipeline to roll out more youth activities using the power of Humanity to promote positive behavioural change among our future community leaders and decision makers.