Youth centre committee raising funds

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Preparations for Timaru’s first youth centre have taken a messy turn.
Members of the centre’s organising committee spent Sunday testing mockups of items to be included in the centre, which will open later this year.
Spokesman Solomon Tor-Kilsen said the afternoon’s operation included testing mockups for a human-sized foosball, a wreck-it room and graffiti wall.
‘‘Testers ranged in age from 16 to 25,’’ he said.
‘‘Everyone had a blast and really enjoyed themselves.’’
Mr Tor-Kilsen said the committee was now in the process of raising $5000 to set up the real versions and ‘‘help fund the regular activities that we’re putting on for Timaru youth such as the regular meet-ups, art, craft and project nights, games nights, movie nights and marathons’’.
The group has been planning the centre since the beginning of the year.
It had found a site but Mr Solomon said there had been ‘‘a few more obstacles on that front’’.
‘‘We’ve had to take a few steps back.
‘‘The site is still available, just not right now, so until then, we’re going to be focusing on more events and activities not reliant on a particular location until such time as we can move on to the site.’’
On July 23, the group is holding a fundraising formal dinner at the Richard Pearse Tavern.
Tickets are available through the Timaru Youth Initiative Facebook page.
Anyone wanting to help or wanting more information can contact project manager Solomon Tor-Kilsen on 027 4149-372.