Gap Year 2015

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The Challenge 2000Marist Gap Year has begun!

This year we have nine wonderful young people who have said ‘YES’ to this Gap Year journey and experience.  This diverse group of young people come from around New Zealand – Nelson to Otaki and even as far as Mexico.
The Gap year participants have been busy in their first few weeks. There has been a mixture of introduction, induction, fun, team building, familiarisation and educational modules on code of conduct, boundaries. As well as just getting to know the who, what, when, why and how.
Four weeks into the year the gap participants are now very much apart of the day to day life of Challenge 2000. They are playing a role in providing support and service to Challenge 2000 , our whanau and wider community.
Gap students have already:
– Helped with Catholic Social Service street day appeal
– Run breakfast clubs in schools
– Been involved in the planning and running of a Children’s Day event
– Planned and been involved in a Challenge 2000 youth mass
– Played sport with young people
– Supported and served in the community through gardening, lawn mowing, house cleaning, and much more!
– Acted in a drama
– Begun their Youth Work Certificates
– Mentored and tutored in Primary Schools and High Schools
– Made posters and painted
– Started placements with various social services and organisations in Wellington
If you would like to know more about how to support the Gap programme or sponsor a participant, then contact Kitty McKinley on (04) 477 6827

Welcome New Gap Students

On Tuesday 18th  and Friday 21st February six new faces were welcomed to Challenge 2000 to take on a big adventure for 2014.

Challenge 2000 hosted a powhiri to officially welcome Junior, Moriah, Taylor, Vaga and Tala as part of the Challenge and Marist whanau and then on Friday we welcomed Leah to the Gap Year Programme. These Six have chosen to live a year dedicated to service, justice, challenges and growth. We are very happy to have them here and look forward to walking alongside them on their individual and group journeys! Already they’re off on Court Supervised Camps, up in Hawkes Bay to help Luke and Manisha, giving a helping hand at L’arche and developing as trainee youth workers around Challenge. A huge thanks to Jacob Wilkins-Hodges and Fr Paul Martin for your words of welcome.
Keep an eye here to find out what more unfolds for the ‘Gappies’ in 2014.
Gap Powhiri
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Children’s Day Celebrations!


Children’s Day Celebrations Johnsonville March 2013

Celebrate Our Children was the theme for the Day at Challenge 2000 in Johnsonville.

Following the Children’s Day Service in the neighbouring church Ss Peter & Paul, children, young people, mums and dads, grandads, nanas, uncles and aunties gathered for Kai, games, fun and community.

80 children participated with energy, laughs, hopes, risk taking of differing sorts!! and the natural innocence and exuberance of childhood.  At least 8 different cultures were represented!  What richness.  With a bouncy castle, water slide and face painting set up there was excitement in the air. After a big barbeque feast for lunch the children, took part in apple bobbing, three legged and egg and spoon races for a little bit of friendly competition. Even the parents, Challenge staff and Gap Students were able to embrace their inner child. The message of Children’s Day is treasure our kids and to recognise the gift that they are to us. The day was a huge success, with everyone, kids, parents and caregivers, leaving with big smiles!  It was an awesome event – the photos say it all!

Please help us to continue supporting children by donating money, goods, food, furniture or by sponsoring a whole family!!








2013 Gap Year

Gap Year 2013 has kicked off!  For the past eight years Challenge 2000 has taken on school leavers from all across the country for a year of growth; professionally and personally. This year we have four students from Wellington; Courtney, Siata, Junior and Damien, and four from out of town; Jacob from Dunedin, Hakaraia and Anna from Levin, and Anya from Tauranga. The Challenge 2000 message is out there in Aotearoa and there are people who are willing to answer the call!

Gaps 2013

For further information on about the Gappies go to “Youth” – Gap Year 2013