Teens have Red Cross vision

FOUR Rockhampton teenagers stole the show when they put their vision of the future forward at the national conference of the Australian Red Cross in Melbourne.

Cy Parter, Howard Williams, Sarah Alberts and Bayley Wilson, all of Rockhampton, joined other young people from around Australia in workshops to share their experiences with a range of community and business leaders.

The event closed with the group expressing its thoughts and feelings through a performance including dance, music and arts.

Cy Parter said the event gave them a chance to speak up about their issues and become involved in the future of the Red Cross.

"It was a great opportunity to put our ideas forward and speak about what we think should be done in the community,'' Cy said.

"We also talked about ways the Red Cross could attract more young volunteers.

"We learnt a lot in workshops which included lessons from graffiti, performance and hip-hop artists.

"We would love to take what we learnt back to our community and get others involved in helping the Red Cross. We want to tell people the Red Cross is out there,'' he said.

Kate Gregg, co-ordinator of the Australian Red Cross Save-aMate Program, designed for young Queenslanders, said the youth delegates would be able to share their knowledge and experience with schools and other community organisations in the area.

"We see these young people as leaders of today, not tomorrow and this conference encouraged them to stand up and be heard,'' Ms Gregg said.

"The Red Cross learnt a lot from these young people and we valued their contributions in Melbourne over the last week.



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