TWO Eastern Bay students with aspirations to join the police force will travel to Hong Kong for a youth development camp next month.
Majean Rogers and Sian Bluett, representing Kawerau and Whakatane Blue Lights respectively, are two among 18 young New Zealanders heading to the Pat Yeung Youth Development Camp in Hong Kong.
This is the first time, Blue Light is offering the international opportunity for youth.
Blue Light events support manager Wendy Robertson says the Hong Kong experience involves students participating in a week-long leadership camp alongside representatives from Australia, Singapore, Macau and Hong Kong, followed by sightseeing and a trip to Disneyland, Hong Kong.
“Invitations were sent out to our 68 branches nationwide and students were nominated by local police officers and then were required to write a brief essay about themselves, why they would like this opportunity and how it will help them and their personal growth.
“Initially, we were meant to only have 12 youth travelling to Hong Kong, however the calibre of the applications from the many young people from around the country was so high that we could not narrow it down any further and decided to take 18.”
Since Majean was five years old he has wanted to become a police officer and has been involved with Kawerau Blue light from a young age.
The Tarawera High School year 12 student attended a National Blue Light leadership camp in 2017 and received an award for the highest achieving student at the camp. He has now transitioned from participating in the Blue Light programmes to be a Kawerau Blue Light Board member, assisting in organising programmes, activities, and mentoring.
Majean say he is overwhelmed to be chosen for the Hong Kong experience.
With an interest in crime and law, Sian has had an aspiration for the police force since she started high school.
The Whakatane High School year 12 student is always asking questions and having conversations about crime and law.
In her application, Sian wrote about her ability to see right from wrong very clearly, always being the person her friends sought advice from and being aware of everything going on.
Both students were looking forward to the first-hand international experience and meeting new people from around the world.
New Zealand Blue Light has provided generous subsidies for those selected, but Sian and Majean will still have to find $1000 for the trip.
Kawerau Blue Light will be helping Majean reach that goal with fundraising activities such as a Blue Light disco, barbecue and home baking.
Whakatane Blue Light will be assisting Sian achieve her target with similar fundraising initiatives.