We recently held our 2016 Untouched World Charitable Trust (UWCT) Alumni dinner, celebrating the brilliance and emerging leadership of our Alumni champions from our 2015-16 UWCT Alumni programmes. And what an inspiring night it was!
Four Alumni champ students pitched their 'Project U' idea in a bid to take out the inaugural National Project U Award of $1500 to help fund their idea into reality. But, there could only be one winner, and this year that was Sam Kilsby from Otago Boys High School. Quoting the wise words of Nelson Mandela, Sam started his presentation with a simple phrase we couldn’t agree more with. ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world’. He went on to talk further about how his ‘Project U’ idea fosters that way of thinking.
Sam’s plan is to replace the diesel generated heating with a renewable energy source at Otago Boy’s High School’s Mt Aspiring Environmental Retreat Centre. This would enable year round access to students throughout Otago and Canterbury, so they too can be inspired to become passionate about protecting the environment. The $1500 Sam won will be invested into a feasibility study and an implementable plan for his project. He has the full support of his school, Otago Waterwise stakeholder Contact Energy and of course our Untouched World Charitable Trust. We wish him well and will watch with interest to see what great things he and his fellow alumni champs go on to do.