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Youth fundraising concert for anti-bullying organisation

Posted at 6:04am Thursday 05 Sep, 2019 | By Ollie Blyth journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz

Central Otago based anti-bullying organisation Sticks ‘n' Stones will be holding a fundraising variety concert in Alexandra tomorrow. The 7pm concert at the Dunstan High School hall will feature a range of young Sticks ‘n' Stones advocates, including those from Upper Clutha.

Sticks ‘n' Stones was founded in 2013 by a group of 30 teenagers from five local high schools wanting to create change in the approach to bullying prevention. The not-for-profit organisation focuses on students being leaders of change in their communities, and great strides have been made towards a bully-free New Zealand since their founding. 

Vanessa Breen, Alexandra community facilitator for the organisation, is helping the students organise this year's variety concert, wanting to give students from different towns a chance to collaborate with one another. 

“Events like this enable us to fundraise to help our programmes to be delivered in schools. It also can help pay for our young people to head around the country to represent Sticks ‘n' Stones at youth conferences and spread the word that we want all young people to be accepted and respected for who they are,” said Breen.

“I'm really happy that Sticks ‘n' Stones have given us this awesome opportunity,” said Year 11 guitarist Red Simpson, a Sticks ‘n' Stones advocate and member of The Ruby Island Jazz Trio who will be performing at the event. “It'll be great to show everyone what we've been working on.”

“It will be a fun, relaxed evening, listening and watching some very talented students,” said Breen. Doors will open at 6:30pm for a 7pm start for the one-and-a-half-hour-long show. Tickets will be sold at the door. 

For more information, email vanessa@sticksnstonesnz.com.


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