Bathurst Youth Council Hosts Chase the Rainbow Color Run at Morse Park | western avocado


It has been a difficult journey for the Bathurst Youth Council 2021-2022 as the impact of COVID-19 has significantly affected their ability to organize large-scale community events. But they finally got their chance on Sunday, as hundreds turned out to Morse Park for Chase the Rainbow, a color-running event to officially open NSW Youth Week for 2022. READ ALSO: Bathurst Toastmasters chairman looking to start a young adult club Children and adults appeared in stark white shirts, but it didn’t last long as once the race started they were soon covered in powdery shades of green, yellow, pink and blue. It was a fun occasion not only for the participants, but also for the Bathurst Youth Council, who finally had the opportunity to organize and lead a great community event in a demonstration of their exceptional citizenship. For Bathurst Youth Mayor Ashley Maalouf, the wait was worth it. READ ALSO: Dino-store exhibition at the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum “After how disruptive COVID-19 has been, it’s a great sight to see so many children and their parents running around and being splashed with color, we couldn’t be happier how the event turned out,” Ashley said. Ashley said the Youth Council‘s work preparing the event for the community certainly paid off, with hundreds of smiling faces enthusiastically taking part in the proceedings. “Each bag of colored powder weighs five kilograms and we have 10 boxes of each color, so it was a big effort,” she said. “I think the youth council members have as many colors as the participants, so we certainly got into the spirit as much.” Youth Deputy Mayor Harvey Lew said the event attracted 600 registrations. “It took months of preparation on our end, so to see a lot of people sign up is a huge effort,” Harvey said. “I’ve been on the Youth Council for two years, and every great idea we’ve had has been undone by COVID, so it’s great to finally have an in-person event to share with the local community.” READ ALSO: Calare MP Andrew Gee Defends School Maps After SFF’s Mark Banasiak Attacked With the Youth Council’s current term ending in June, Harvey hopes the success of Chase the Rainbow will encourage local high school students to become members. “The Youth Council is a group of influential people who are passionate about youth events and youth mental health and youth issues, and it’s a great opportunity to meet like-minded people who want to build their skills in leadership and citizenship,” he said. “We are confident that the next Youth Council will put the same level of effort into youth-focused community events as we do, and we wish them all the best once they are announced later in the year.” Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can access our trusted content: