Gisborne girl wins youth award

Darcy Spraggs says long drive to and from Wellington to collect a youth award was worth it.

Darcy Spraggs says long drive to and from Wellington to collect a youth award was worth it.

CHANGE-MAKER: Gisborne Girls' High School student Darcy Spraggs won the Change Maker Youth Award at the New Zealand Youth Awards ceremony at Parliament last night. Picture supplied.

THE long drive to and from Wellington to collect a youth award was well worth it, said Gisborne college student Darcy Spraggs.

Her parents shared the driving and rather than staying overnight in the capital were back on the road again after the ceremony, returning in the early hours of the morning for work and school.

Darcy won the Change Maker Youth Award in the LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual,transgender, intersex) section, which acknowledges the hard work she has done for LGBTI youth.

The ceremony took place in the banquet hall at Parliament last night.

“There were some amazing people there from all walks of life. It was great to see such diversity. Paralympian swimmer Mary Fisher was the guest speaker,” she said.

She won the award for her contribution to Qmmunity, a youth group that focuses on creating a safe space for LGBTI youth.

“We’ve recently released a documentary on the 30th anniversary of homosexual law reform. It also presents the youth voice on suicide.”

They have also published a resource booklet that shares ‘coming out’ stories.

“I edited and proofread all of that. I’m a poet so I’ve written quite a few poems around LGBTI youth issues.”

She is pleased to say times are changing and young people are more comfortable with their sexuality.

“People are much more accepting nowadays,” she said.

The Gisborne LGBTI support group Qmmunity was one of five to receive an LGBTI Change Maker Award at last year’s New Zealand Youth Awards.

Minister for Youth Nikki Kaye said the awards recognised young New Zealanders who had achieved outstanding results and given back to their communities, as well as those who had made a significant contribution towards supporting young people.

There are 10 awards across eight categories that celebrate qualities such as leadership, giving back, being a change maker and young people who have supported youth activities in areas such as the arts, culture, sport or the environment.

Awards are also given for youth groups, young individuals or organisations that have supported or championed young people in any type of activity.

There were 190 nominations this year and 50 people and organisations received awards at last night’s ceremony.

THE long drive to and from Wellington to collect a youth award was well worth it, said Gisborne college student Darcy Spraggs.

Her parents shared the driving and rather than staying overnight in the capital were back on the road again after the ceremony, returning in the early hours of the morning for work and school.

Darcy won the Change Maker Youth Award in the LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual,transgender, intersex) section, which acknowledges the hard work she has done for LGBTI youth.

The ceremony took place in the banquet hall at Parliament last night.

“There were some amazing people there from all walks of life. It was great to see such diversity. Paralympian swimmer Mary Fisher was the guest speaker,” she said.

She won the award for her contribution to Qmmunity, a youth group that focuses on creating a safe space for LGBTI youth.

“We’ve recently released a documentary on the 30th anniversary of homosexual law reform. It also presents the youth voice on suicide.”

They have also published a resource booklet that shares ‘coming out’ stories.

“I edited and proofread all of that. I’m a poet so I’ve written quite a few poems around LGBTI youth issues.”

She is pleased to say times are changing and young people are more comfortable with their sexuality.

“People are much more accepting nowadays,” she said.

The Gisborne LGBTI support group Qmmunity was one of five to receive an LGBTI Change Maker Award at last year’s New Zealand Youth Awards.

Minister for Youth Nikki Kaye said the awards recognised young New Zealanders who had achieved outstanding results and given back to their communities, as well as those who had made a significant contribution towards supporting young people.

There are 10 awards across eight categories that celebrate qualities such as leadership, giving back, being a change maker and young people who have supported youth activities in areas such as the arts, culture, sport or the environment.

Awards are also given for youth groups, young individuals or organisations that have supported or championed young people in any type of activity.

There were 190 nominations this year and 50 people and organisations received awards at last night’s ceremony.

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