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Blue Mountain College students provide support to their community during COVID Crisis


The world might be more worrying and stressful for everyone right now – but there are still pockets of positivity and good news out there to keep us all positive.

Duke of Ed participant and Blue Mountains College student Sydney Robertson is keeping busy in Tapanui by delivering groceries to older people in the community and doing a shift for Meals on Wheels.   

“I’ve taken over my Nana’s shift for Meals on Wheels as she has to stay home”, says Sydney. “I’m also helping my parents at Road Transport Logistics (RTL) to shift cars around so that the truck drivers are able to get home without traveling with others and breaking the COVID-19 rules”.

Alongside this, Sydney is also an essential worker at the local Tapanui 4 Square where she has picked up extra shifts to help out.

Another local Duke of Ed participant, Elizabeth Lamb, is also out and about getting her elderly neighbours groceries for them.

Liz Lamb delivering groceries in her neighbourhood

“Being in self-isolation isn’t stopping our determined young people from carrying on with their Duke of Ed Award activities and maintain their well-being,” says National Director Karen Ross.  “The key aim of the Award is to help young people build resilience, problem solving skills and self-confidence. I can’t think of anything we need more than these crucial life skills during this testing time”.



For further information and comment, please contact:

Karen Ross – National Director

Ph:  027 645 6696                              


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