Celebrating being young

MURWILLUMBAH's Seventh Day Adventist Church celebrated National Youth Week with a vertical challenge in Knox Park yesterday.

More than 50 teens enjoyed a day in the park with food and drinks and the Pinnacle of Terror, a towering structure giving youths the chance to walk a tightrope and leap off a seven-metre-high platform with the safety of a harness.

Helping to promote Youth Week's message of “making a move”, church member Eunice Hancock said it was important to help Murwillumbah teenagers out during the week.

“We're out here to promote confidence and alternatives to underage drinking,” Ms Hancock said.

The Seventh Day Adventist Church activity was sponsored by the Tweed Shire Council and their youth group program.

Murwillumbah resident Roslin Hughes, 14, said she enjoyed her day in the park.

“Youth Week is a really good idea. It's fun just to hang out and celebrate being young while we still can,” she said.

NYW is the largest celebration of young people in Australia, aimed at youngsters right across the country.

NYW 2009 began on Saturday and will run until next Sunday, April 5.

The aim of the week is for youth to voice concerns on issues, showcase talent and celebrate their contribution to the community.

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