Central Leader : February 23rd 2011
www.centralleader.co.nz Wednesday, February 23, 2011 3 UCKPV MGPVKIGTP OPEN DAYS MARCH 2 &15 BR - j5765/01 SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE - APPLICATIONS CLOSE 6 APRIL Register to attend 09 577 0677 www.saintkentigern.com Saint Kentigern School March 15 9.30 -11am 82 Shore Rd, Remuera Saint Kentigern School for Girls - Corran March 15 11am - 12.30pm 514 Remuera Rd Saint Kentigern Preschool March 15 11am - 12.30pm 514 Remuera Rd Saint Kentigern College March 2 9.30 -12pm 130 Pakuranga Rd Bikers on a mission BMX mission: Auckland organisation Innercredits is planning to take 10 BMX bikes to Indonesia to give to children on the island of Lombok. From left: Innercredits founder Nic Edmonds with project participants Sophie Moore, Sarah-Jane Brown, Emma Jackson and Nelly Trotter, with bike expert Tim White. Photo: JASON OXENHAM By RHIANNON HORRELL WANTED -- pre-loved wheels to help make life easier for Indonesian children. A group of Aucklanders has been inspired to give BMX bikes to children in Indonesia. Sandringham resident Nic Edmonds is leading a group of 17 and 18-year-olds on the special journey to the village of Sendang. Members plan to spend eight weeks there and four weeks on the island of Gili Meno before heading to the United States for three months. The trip is part of the Innercredits programme -- an organisation based on the idea that young people can inspire others if they inspire themselves. Eight teens have signed up and the group leaves on March 1. While in Indonesia they will look at projects that do good -- they have to prove the projects will be beneficial and it's also about cutting down their footprint,'' Mr Edmonds says. They thought that if we're taking BMX bikes anyway, why not take a few for the villagers too? It's snowballed from there. We'll take 10 bikes and we hope to build on that. We want to keep it manageable.'' The group will help in schools and establish a mar- ine monitoring programme at Gili Meno as well as the BMX programme. It's about making the environment relevant to society. The more people feel it is a part of who they are, the more they will want to look after it. You build an intrinsic connection with a place.'' Mr Edmonds struck up a friendship with an Indonesian student while at university. I went over for his wed- ding and I came away feeling quite depressed. As a country, we spend millions on our clean green image. We are convenient environ- mentalists. With Innercredits, it's about doing stuff because it feels right. The concept of karma.'' Participant Sarah-Jane Brown is excited about the trip. I don't know what to expect. We're also heading to Camp Adirondack in upper state New York.'' Emma Jackson, 17, says it feels surreal but is looking forward to it. Mr Edmonds hopes the teens can share their stories about Indonesia once they reach the US. The American kids are quite privileged so we'll be spending eight weeks with their impressionable young minds.'' T Whites Bikes owner Tim White says the group is seeking donated BMX bikes in any condition. We're hoping for 10 bikes,'' he says. We've got four at the moment and one more is on the way. Because of Nic it's a very easy process for us -- it's easy to do up the bikes.'' See www.innercredits.org.nz for more information. Donated bikes can be dropped to T Whites Bikes, 132 Symonds St, Newton, phone 307-3607.
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