Phoenix Day 2019!

Kapiti Special Olympics Team
Kapiti Special Olympics Team
Phoenix day: 1 September 2019, Weka Park

At the Phoenix game this year we are doing dual fundraising for the Kapiti Special Olympics Team and KYS.  All proceeds will be split down the middle.

The warm up game will be on Weka 2 and will be a game with Special Olympic players and KCU players combined.  So not a team of KCU players vs Special Olympics players but a mix of the two in two teams.  We want a player from each senior team to step forward to play (email if you can help). This is about Inclusive playing which is promoted through the Special Olympics Sports organisations.

We also need 6 helpers for set up and take down.  Set up starts at 8.30 on Sunday morning and close down will be at 4.30pm.  With 6 people, both jobs will be around an hour to do. Email if you can help.

Below are some words about Special Olympics Kapiti and KYS.

Special Olympics Kāpiti is a club affiliated to Special Olympics New Zealand (“SONZ”). We are a charitable trust that provides year-round sports training and competition opportunities for people from age 8 to 80 who have an intellectual disability.  Special Olympics Kāpiti offers a range of sports, including ten pin bowling, football, basketball and swimming, and we cover an area from Paekakariki up to Otaki.

The Special Olympics Kapiti football team is set to compete in a tournament to be held in the Hawkes Bay in October, and we are raising funds to pay for the registration of players, and to cover their costs for accommodation and travel.Participation in this tournament offers our footballers the opportunity to develop their fitness, demonstrate their courage, and share skills and friendship with other teams and the community.

KYS is a youth one-stop-shop committed to providing the most effective services to meet the health and wellbeing needs of Kapiti youth. We are passionate about providing services which truly make a difference and that means no only working closely with youth but also with families and the community. KYS is a non-governmental organisation and is a registered charity. KYS has been operating for over 20 years and currently has over 5400 young people accessing services. This represents 78% of youth in the Kapiti region (census 2013 figures). Our services include medical and nursing services, clinical psychology, counselling, alcohol and drug services, social work, mentoring, parenting, peer support, transition to work, youth development and education programmes.

All services are provided free of charge for young people aged 10 to 24 years. KYS offers services from the KYS sites in Paraparaumu and Otaki and provides outreach clinics in Kapiti, Paraparaumu, and Otaki colleges.

Although we receive some government funding there is a significant shortfall and funding is often short term and not guaranteed. We rely on donations, community grants and fundraising activities to support the current services.