Funding. The much loved youth centre at Nelson Street, 7UP, is seeking local support to continue its offerings.
Organisers of the after school space will kickstart a campaign calling on local employers to help expand the programs and opening hours this year and on into the future.
CHAC youth worker and 7UP subcommittee member Anna Kay says the centre relies heavily on philanthropic support from the mainland and hopes that local businesses may want to come on board as sponsors.
“We’d really like to open more during school holidays and we are also really keen to continue our free tuition program.
“The funding we receive from Treasure Chest and Patricia Dukes (Foundation) is fantastic but we’d love to come to some longterm sponsorship arrangements with some our regions bigger investors as they’ll reap the benefits of these kinds of programs in the long run.
“We have DGR (deductible gift recipient) status and have also just devised a sponsorship rewards system which includes sponsorship signage, acknowledgements and an invite to a sponsors’ dinner to be hosted by the youth at 7UP.”
The 7UP subcommittee will begin a funding drive starting this week and will be approaching businesses by email, phone and in person.
Seven Up Youth Centre, Nelson Street is open to students in grades seven and up during the school term, every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3 to 5pm.