Taking it to the MAX

KINGSCLIFF teenager Sam Bowkett has maximum potential beyond his 2012 school captaincy.

Sam led a group of 20 students and residents tending Cabarita dune growth at the weekend as part of the Seagulls Club's MAX Potential Leadership Program.

Sam is mentored by Bruce Marwick of Essential Energy and has been nominated for a Young Legends award by Keep Australia Beautiful for his initiative.

"I'm eager to see the project as the beginning of an ongoing community commitment," Sam said.

"I hope that after Saturday many of the local residents and students will continue their involvement with the beach."

The group met opposite Bogangar State School early on Saturday and spent three hours maintaining and planting native shrubs in order to play a part in regenerating the valuable area.

Seagulls Group CEO Luke Simmons said the dune care mission was one of the more ambitious projects within the Max Potential program.

"Their projects are teaching them the value of community and the role of leadership in making changes for the better," Mr Simmons said.

"Even if those changes are small, they are nonetheless signi- ficant. The 22-week program is scheduled to finish in October and is supported by many leading Tweed organisations, including Tweed Shire Council, PCYC, Destination Tweed and the Ganggalah Training Centre.

On October 11 Seagulls welcomes all Max Potential youths to present the results of their projects to family, friends and community members. For more information visit www.seagullsclub.com.au/default.aspx?id=335.

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