From the CEO's desk

I never thought I'd start an article with a quote from Mr T - but picture me with a mohawk and a golden chain and here goes: 'To have a comeback, you have to have a setback'.

Like so many others, we've had a few setbacks over the last few years due to unforeseen global events.

However, as I have mentioned in past articles, we have also had many more comebacks, and our pace of meaningful change is only increasing.

Unfortunately, 2023 delivered us another setback, in the form of some extreme weather. Firstly, the flooding in Auckland swept through The Y Cameron Pool, and the team put in an extreme effort to clean up and source urgent repairs in order to re-open the centre. We really appreciate the patience of our customers for bearing with us while the last of the services that were taken our are returned to service.

Then Cyclone Gabrielle arrived, bringing widespread devastation across the motu, impacting our central Auckland hostel, causing a slip next to our North Shore centre and leaving a trail of destruction across our beloved Camp Adair in Hunua. Looking at the mud-covered walls, misplaced buildings, and damaged infrastructure, it could be seen as a major setback. It was an absolutely mammoth cleanup effort, which started without electricity or running water. However, Gabrielle was no match for The Y community and the Hunua locals who all pitched in to help the camp get back on its feet so that we could again welcome schools in and share our love of the outdoors with Kiwi kids. I'm so incredibly proud to be part of this organisation, and I humbly thank everyone who has been involved in our recovery so far. Read on to find out how you can help us further.

Julian, CEO.

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