A match made in outdoor heaven has seen the amalgamation of the Kiwi Adventure Trust (KAT) with the YMCA Hawkes Bay, a merge of two teams passionate about the importance of outdoor and adventure-based activities in the development of young people.
The amalgamation came about by both organisations considering their services and programmes would benefit the community better by combining their expertise, knowledge and resources. “The YMCA had an established relationship with KAT which provided a good insight into its programmes and services. This merger is seen as a win win for the whole Hawke’s Bay community where young people will have more access and improved outdoor education,” says YMCA CEO Roger Coleman.
Former KAT board member David Tait stepped away from a management role with the trust earlier last year and says he will still be doing contract work with the YMCA and other programmes. David says, “outdoor and challenging activities are proven to be of great benefit to young people. The amalgamation will see a real growth period and a plan to continue working with schools and other groups”
Internationally, YMCA is the world’s oldest and largest youth-serving NGO and addresses issues affecting each community by developing programmes and activities with special focus on young people. The YMCA philosophy has evolved from country to country, area to area — from providing accommodation to delivering specialised education programmes.
This merge will create a nice mixture and a great way to increase the capacity of both organisations, which will take the YMCA back to its roots — as both organisations have been synonymous with camping and adventure