The Maitland-based Adventure Youth Club ended its year by congratulating and thanking all those who played a role to fulfil its mandate. The club awarded its members and sponsors with certificates of appreciation at Maitland High Junior Campus on Saturday 7 December.There were festivities and beverages to be enjoyed and club members entertained the guests with a variety of performances. Also present were parents and board members who applauded the club for its positive contribution to the community.The club runs various programmes for children from disadvantaged backgrounds in Maitland and the surrounding communities. These include clean-ups, self-development, outings and charity initiatives. It relies on sponsorships and donations.Club founder Mariah Strachan says the certificates varied from adventurer awards, certificates of participation and leadership awards. She says all the recipients worked hard despite the challenges they faced during the year. “I am very proud of my kids. They deserve the certificates as we have been very busy this year. When we must be somewhere, no matter how bad the weather is, they show up. Whenever there is an outreach, they participate – they are so eager and willing,” Strachan says.One of the recipients was Springbok Atlas charters. Siphokazi Kalo, Springbok Atlas branch manager, says she was touched when she learned about how the children were transported to different venues for the outings and they offered to sponsor transport. She says the recognition was a surprise and was appreciated. Kalo says the organisation believes in contributing to community development and when it comes to programmes like these, it’s about the children, not the money.Another recipient was club member Keysha Peterson. She received a certificate of participation and says the event was an inspiration. She joined the club this year and says it taught her a lot. Besides the outings, some of the sessions that stood out for her this year included those on the environment and developing people’s skills.