Video: Rainbow Run raises $10k for youth programs
GLADSTONE youth will be the ultimate winners of yesterday's PCYC Rainbow Run.
More than 1600 people turned up to Gladstone's first Rainbow Run, but what some may not have realised was that their contribution will fund future youth programs for our region.
Police Citizens Youth Club Gladstone chairman Glenn Churchill estimated they had raised $10,000 from the event.
Already the PCYC offers up to 10 programs to get youth involved in the community, but he said this funding would allow them to offer more.
"These youth programs are for those who fall off the pathway of being good community citizens; we want to put them back on those pathways," he said.
"The programs aim to create good youth mentors and leaders."
He said the committee was keen to host another blue light disco in Calliope after the last event at Tannum Sands attracted 300 young people.
The PCYC committee has also discussed various music programs.
"Not every young person is going to be a leader of our community but every young person deserves the right to reach their full potential," Mr Churchill said.
He said their Juvenile Justice Program was a testament to the Gladstone youth in itself.
The program is for youth who have come out of the court system.
"We're very fortunate in that we only have a couple of young ones who are in the program," he said.
"It's a good indication that the community must be doing something good," he said.
Mr Churchill has been involved in PCYC events since he was a teenager, going to blue light discos and boxing events.
"Having being involved with PCYC the fact is you have to be flexible to move with the needs of young people," he said.
Held at the Mount Larcom Showgrounds, participants of yesterday's PCYC Rainbow Run completed a 2km or 5km run.
Water bombs and guns were at several stations along the track, making sure all of the runners were covered in colour.
Roseberry Community Services employees enjoyed blasting runners with blue water along the track.
RCS general manager Colleen Tribe said it was important for their organisation to support the event.
"Our organisation supports the most vulnerable in our community.
"And with the beginning of National Youth Week it's been a very significant event," she said.