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Seven years of building community celebrated

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Seven years of building community in the Riccarton area were celebrated at the end of September by the Oak Development Trust. Starting with just one paid employee – Manager Carol Renouf – the trust now has six staff, and is active through around 12 programmes.

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Multicultural Dancing

Multicultural dancingA new multicultural dancing group is starting on 15 August, to bring people of different cultures together.

The group will run for 10 weeks at Riccarton Baptist Church, 80 Rattray St, and is aimed at 5-12 year olds.

The aim is to help young people learn about different cultures, improve their rhythm, and improve confidence.

For more information, contact , or phone 022 680 2299.

From the Manager of Oak Development Trust

Carol RenoufKia Ora.

The cold of winter is upon us so I hope you are keeping warm, enjoying nourishing, hearty soups and looking out for each other and checking on those neighbours perhaps you haven’t seen out and about for awhile.

As a community we want to congratulate Mana Harema of La Vida Youth Trust on being nominated as one of the Westield Local Heroes and as a community we want to get behind him and the Trust can be one of the top three winners who will receive $10,000. GO ONLINE to Westield Riccarton, Local Heroes and give him your VOTE BY 1ST JULY. Mana’s profle describes him as big hearted, real and inclusive and we are thankful to have him working with the youth in the Riccarton community.

Other finalists in the Riccarton section were:
Matthew Button - Big Brothers Big Sisters
Chartlotte Ellis - Royal New Zealand Plunket Trust
Charlotte Pawson - ParaFed Canterbury
Bob Shearing - Enrich Communtiy Chaplaincy Trust
Robyn Twemlow - Tourettes Association New Zealand (TANZ)

Our annual ‘Our Riccarton, our Community, let's have fun” Community Day is happening 20th October, 1:00-4:00 P.M. at Harrington Park. Mark this on your calendar. If you would like to contribute in some way by being willing to help on the day or make some ethnic food or provide some entertainment please contact Carol 027 282 0693 or Loreta 022 096 6215.

Warm regards,
Carol Renouf

Hanmer Camp an amazing time

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The ODT Winter Camp in Hanmer Springs was an amazing time! We had a great group attend. 

There were some fantastic team challenges: the annual camp Treasure Hunt in town, the Hungry Hippos game, and the Minute to Win It evening run by the Carters! Many of our kids and youth took their bikes and challenged themselves on different bike tracks. 

We began the day on Sunday with a climb up Conical Hill -- the view was worth the sore legs! A group went to the Animal Park where they had: donkeys, deer, wallabies, llamas, and even a yak! The kids got to feed them and pat them, and try not to have their clothes eaten by the deer. 

On our last day we spent the morning at the hot pools relaxing before we began the drive back home. All in all we had an awesome time together! The relationships built during this time are lasting and so valuable. 

Thank you to everyone who came and made it such a fun time! And thank you to all of those who helped to make it happen, you’re amazing!

Older Person's Gatherings

The first Older Persons' Gathering for 2018 will be held on Wednesday, 21st March, from 1.30 pm - 3.30pm, at Riccarton Baptist Church, 80 Rattray St.

This will be a movie afternoon, showing Inside Out, a funny, thought-provoking story of young Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco.

For more information, contact Velda on 348 4350.

ODT Waipara Summer Camp 2018

Summer Camp 2018 was an amazing weekend together, bringing together families from the Riccarton community and families from Riccarton Baptist Church. And there were so many things that made it a great time. Like the enthusiastic team that made it happen, and the way everyone encouraged each other and worked together with activities, games and duties. There was an amazing effort put in each morning with the cabin competition. We had a fun camp concert around the camp fire, and we had Donna come to tell us bedtime stories every night. Well done to all who challenged themselves with the various activities, whether that be high ropes, vertical swing, archery, rafting or making the human pyramid as part of the mission challenge.

Here are some photo highlights from the weekend.