Every year Grace (Removals) demonstrates its commitment, support and appreciation for their Australian and New Zealand communities by giving back to those who need it most. Grace Gives is an initiative which has been running for 3 years and the network continues to grow year on year, granting more gifts and raising more awareness for great Australian and New Zealand causes.

We are extremely pleased and grateful to announce Challenge 2000 has been chosen as a 2019 Grace Gives recipient.

Corie Reid (left) from Grace presents grant cheque to Mele Kilino-Lapana, Kerry Burton and Steve O’Connor

With this grant we aim to take four students from two of the Porirua Colleges where Challenge 2000 have Social Workers/Youth Workers based, on a Pilgrimage to Taupo/Rotorua at the end of the 2019 academic year. 

These students will have overcome adversity and have continued achieving in their education despite complex and ongoing barriers.

The purpose of this Pilgrimage is to provide a fun and safe experience outside of the Wellington region for four students who otherwise would not get this opportunity.

John Robinson (centre) presents Corie Reid from Grace with a brief history of the Challenge 2000 heritage carving

This trip will be a journey of discovery of self and each other. The trip will explore each students purpose and direction for their future as well as the chance to participate in activities that challenge their current way of thinking and push their beliefs in their own abilities. It will also build positive connections, self-confidence and a deeper understanding of one’s self.

Thanks again to Corie and the team at Grace for this generous donation and thanks to our social worker Kerry Burton for pursuing this grant on our behalf.