March 2016 Recipients
NZ Blue Light received $3,450 to purchase 2,000 fishing hand lines to use at their family fishing days. The community policing youth program runs activities for young people free from drugs, alcohol and violence, building better relations between the police, young people, their families and the community.
One such activity, fishing days, is held annually at several locations across the country. They bring young people together to spend quality time with a parent, grandparent or special caregiver.
Fishing has a unique gift in that it allows participants to have quality time together to communicate openly while waiting for fish to be caught. The days are supported by the local police, breaking down negative stereotypes often associated with them by young people and their families.
As they’re free, all members of the local community, regardless of their socioeconomic background can attend the fishing days whether they have their own fishing gear or not.