Last night six teams came together to compete for the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Hawke’s Bay Regional Awards.  Congrats to all six finalists:

Chew Barker – Karamu High School
Give & Take – Hawke’s Bay Regional Prison, Youth Department
Jotter – Karamu High School
Kindling. – Karamu High School
Te Kete O Tangaroa – Havelock North High School
Tifamel – Havelock North High School

And the winner is; Give & Take – Hawke’s Bay Regional Prison, Youth Department.

Give & Take presented to a panel of judges which included Bill Roberts, Theresa OBrien and Bridget Cover.  The judges thought that Give and Take’s product was innovative, inspirational and proven to be profitable. Their pitch showed strength, courage and passion for their business.

Give & Take have created a “Fit 2 Go Kit” a quartet of products designed to provide greater health outcomes for rough sleepers in the community. The products bring warmth, hygiene and comfort, even in the toughest of conditions.

The Fit 2 Go Kit, includes a Poncho Blanket, Sleeping Mat, Back Pack and Hygiene Kit (toothbrush, soap, body wash, shampoo, conditioner and face cloths) catering to those most in need and retails for $60.00.

How it works, an individual or organisation can purchase a Fit 2 Go full kit or induvial items from the kit, which is then distributed via Housing First or Nourish for Nil, who work closely with those in need.

At the end of the year, all profits will go to Nourish for Nil and the Lighthouse to further improve our target markets access to food.

In addition to providing comfort to rough sleepers, Give and Take had other goals in mind when coming up with the Fit 2 Go concept and that was To destigmatise society’s view on the homeless and pass on skills to one another via a tuakana-teina model and to create all of their products from recyclable and reusable material where possible.

You can find out more about HBRP – Give and Take Here: https://hbrp-givetake.mystorbie.com/

Hawke’s Bay also snapped up two of the 13 National Excellence awards last night, awarded to Sam Wixon of Te Kete O Tangaroa and again to HBRP Give and Take.  Each national sponsor of Young Enterprise selects their national excellence award winner by reading the YES company annual reviews.

Winners of these awards receive $1000.00 for their team and find out which award they have been selected for in Wellington at the National Awards.  Some of the categories include;

Award for Social Enterprise, National Excellence Award for Rangatahi Entrepreneurs, Resilience award and many more.

We wish both Sam Wixon from Te Kete O Tangaroa and HBRP Give & Take the best of luck at the Nationals.

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