RAFT RIDE: Blake Denniss, 12, (front) at the helm of the raft being built for National Youth Week by (from left) Olivia Mison, 12, Matthew Gilliand, 14, Ebony Fallon, 15, Desirae Gilliand, 12, Jordan Gilliand, 13, and Flynn Geddes, 12.
RAFT RIDE: Blake Denniss, 12, (front) at the helm of the raft being built for National Youth Week by (from left) Olivia Mison, 12, Matthew Gilliand, 14, Ebony Fallon, 15, Desirae Gilliand, 12, Jordan Gilliand, 13, and Flynn Geddes, 12. Mike Richards GLARAFT

Group uses National Youth Week to build entertaining raft

ENTERTAINING the crowd, not winning the race, is the main aim of a group youngsters keenly building their raft for the Harbour Festival next week.

Aged between 12 and 15, the team started their raft on Monday as part of National Youth Week.

It was all hands on deck as they busily nailed the planks of wood together to build the raft's skeleton.

Four plastic drums were tied to frame which will hopefully keep the raft afloat.

Experienced raft builder Flynn Geddes, 12, had faith in the vessel under construction, which is yet to be named.

"I'm not just confident - I am pretty sure it will float," he said.

Flynn said it didn't matter if the team won or not, just as long as they put on a good show for the crowd.

"It's just a show, it's about having fun.

"If we entertain people then that's good."

Having raced rafts with friends and family before, Flynn knew how much fun they can prove to be.

"I like rafts because they are something that you can use.

"Unlike a boat that takes forever to get ready you can just chuck (a raft) in the river."

Harbour Festival race first timer, Ebony Fallon said she was having a lot of fun building the raft and couldn't wait to put the vesell into action.

The 15 year old said it was all about giving it a go.

"It doesn't matter if we win, lose or place anything, it's just about having fun and getting out there."

The team have yet to come up with a name for their raft which they building at the Roseberry Community Services Branchout.



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