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Kaity Fowler and Jessie Baker, both of George Town, try their hand at the Youth Expo drum circle with River and Willow Meadows, of Golden Valley, and Richard Littlefeather, of George Town.
Kaity Fowler and Jessie Baker, both of George Town, try their hand at the Youth Expo drum circle with River and Willow Meadows, of Golden Valley, and Richard Littlefeather, of George Town.

Expo educates area’s youth on vital services

JAMES BRADY | The Examiner | April 16, 2012, 7:17 a.m.

A Host of free activities, games and competitions were put on for George Town's youth as the Wattle Group livened up the day with its Youth Week celebration.

The celebration was held in the town's memorial hall and was attended by more than 80 teenagers and young adults from the Tamar Valley area.

George Town Wattle Group co-ordinator Alison Filgate said the event was held as a fun and educational expo for the area's youth.

``We wanted to have easy access for youth to come in and get information from service providers like Headspace and the AMC,'' Ms Filgate said.

``It was paired up with things like the hip-hop dancers, drumming, 10-minute makeovers and a fitness test so it wasn't as confrontational for them.

``They could have a go at one thing or another and wander over to the display tables to gain awareness about issues that can affect them.''

The plans for a proposed skate park upgrade were also on display in the hall while the lads from the Skate Park Youth Committee showed off their best moves outdoors to promote it.

A caffeinated incentive was provided to encourage attendees to approach providers.

``We had a coffee card where people had to ask questions to five different information centres in turn for a free coffee,'' Ms Filgate said.

``Once they fill in their card they can use it to enter into our raffle.''

A skateboard assembly competition was held to close the expo, with the winner taking home a $200 skate deck donated by Jimmy's Skate and Street.

Prizes for the day also included hats, frisbees and various other prizes donated by local businesses.

Courtesy of The Examiner

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