Hong Kong trip for Ben

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STAFF REPORTER

A trip to Hong Kong was an opportunity to experience a different way of life for Dunstan High School pupil Ben Johnson (15), of Alexandra.

Ben was chosen to represent the Central Otago Blue Light branch at the Pat Heung Youth Development Camp hosted by the Hong Kong Junior Police Call last month.

Blue Light national programmes manager Hannah Ward said Ben was one of 18 teenagers from across New Zealand selected for the trip.

As one of the youngest members of the group, he became very engaged, pushing himself and encouraging others.

“Ben is a cruisy and level-headed young man,” she said.

The New Zealand teenagers joined youth from Hong Kong, Macau and four provinces of China, in the youth development camp, as well as sightseeing and a visit to Hong Kong Disneyland.

“I’m really impressed with all of them, all the kids excelled and did themselves, their families and their country proud.”

Events support co-ordinator Sarah Lowry said the young people who attended had been nominated by police officers from local Blue Light branches.

“In their application, youth were asked about themselves, their interests, hobbies and why they wanted to attend.

“Weight was given to those who could demonstrate strong community involvement, leadership skills and strength of character.”

New Zealand Blue Light is a registered charity and community policing youth initiative that for the past 30 years has run programmes and activities for youth throughout New Zealand.