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Youth Week to bring a burst of colour to Lake Mac

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Two sports centres in Lake Macquarie will become a hive of activity and colour next month as part of Youth Week 2022.

‘Colour run’ events aimed at under-18s are scheduled for Saturday 9 April and Thursday 14 April at Morisset and Windale PCYC centres.

Morisset PCYC manager Sarah Lenton said the events had been organised with the help of young people – they had an input in how it will be run and what obstacles are included.

“It’s a day of pure fun and attendees will have to weave their way through an obstacle course which involves tyre hopping, a slip ‘n’ slide, sprinkler and star jump station,” she said.

“Supervisors will spray attendees with different powders at each obstacle before everyone has a full-blown colour fight.”

The event is in line with this year’s theme, It’s up to YOU’th – directing young locals to take control and be more together than ever.

Those under 18-years-old are invited to attend the colour run events.

Lake Macquarie City Council manager community partnerships Andrew Bryant said the Youth Week events would allow attendees to express their views.

“Youth Week is an opportunity for young people to share ideas, attend live events, have their voices heard on issues of concern to them, showcase talents and celebrate their contribution to the community,” he said.

“But most importantly, it’s about having fun.”

The free colour runs are just two of many events happening this Youth Week (1 to 14 April) – a state-wide tradition spanning more than three decades.  

Lake Mac residents aged 12-24 are encouraged to attend the celebrations, which also include a youth leadership forum and mental health workshops delivered by mental health foundation, Headspace.

Other events include a youth artisan marketplace at Cameron Park, team building workshops at Doyalson and an arts, music and sports festival hosted by Northlakes Youth Service.

All events have been jointly funded by Lake Macquarie City Council and the NSW Government.  

Go to lakemac.com.au for more information.

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