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Sponsorship and nominations are being sought for the next Upper Hunter Shire Council Young Endeavour Scheme. Businesses and community groups are urged to contribute toward the $30,000 cost of berths for six lucky young people from the Upper Hunter to participate in the Young Endeavour Program.

Young people, aged 16 and older, can be nominated by sponsors, schools, community and sporting groups for this adventure of a lifetime on a tall ship. The names of three girls and three boys will be drawn at a special dinner, for sponsors and the nominees, to be held later this year.

Next year, the young people whose names are drawn out, will embark on an 11 day voyage with other young Australians learning how to sail the 44 metre tall ship and how to work together as a team.

Upper Hunter Shire Mayor Wayne Bedggood explained the importance of the Young Endeavour Scheme.

“Council’s Young Endeavour Scheme not only gives young people the unique experience of an ocean voyage on a tall ship, it challenges and inspires them, it builds their confidence and determination and it develops leadership skills,” Cr Bedggood said.

“Everyone can follow their journey via the captain’s log at www.youngendeavour.gov.au. Each year, the Councillors look forward to hearing about the young people’s adventures when they present at a Council meeting after they return.”

Council has supported this program with the help of the Upper Hunter community since 1998. Scone Lions Club and Macquarie Generation have been some of the major supporters of the Young Endeavour Scheme in the past. Thanks to their generous sponsorship and that of other businesses and community organisations, this long standing program has so far seen 63 young people have the experience of a lifetime.

Already sponsorships for 2015 have been taken up by Scone Race Club, Scone Medical Practice, Scone Touch Football Association, Australian Stock Horse Society, the Bedggood family, Scone Lions Club, Scone Motor Inn, Scone Basketball Association, Community Mutual and the Merriwa Progress Association.

There are three levels of sponsorship: Gold (over $1000), Silver (from $250 to $999) and Bronze (up to $249).

Gold sponsors are able to nominate two young people and Silver sponsors are entitled to one nomination for the Young Endeavour Scheme for free.

Nominations are also invited from schools, sporting groups, community groups and services for a fee of $60.

Groups can nominate up to two young people to be in the draw to experience the Young Endeavour Voyage.

Information about nominating is on Council’s website www.upperhunter.nsw.gov.au under Hot Topics. Nominations close on 7 August 2015.

For more information regarding sponsorships or nominations contact Council Community Services Officer Amanda Catzikiris on 6540 1153.

Wayne Bedggood

Top Photo: Another six young people will have the adventure experienced by the 2014 Upper Hunter Shire Young Endeavour team (back) Lachlan Phelps, Daniel Hogan, Sophie Jenkins and Crystal Crowfoot, (front) Anthony Beer and Nikki Hollingsworth.