The site is aimed at 12- to 24-year-olds and provides general wellbeing tips, positive messages, blog posts, videos, music, photos and stories around a central theme of “live life well”.

New Zealand Red Cross Recovery staff are working with a team of young volunteers from greater Christchurch to develop the Bounce initiative and will continue to regularly generate and upload content to bounce.org.nz as the project grows.

The site was borne out of the Canterbury earthquakes, as a way for young people across New Zealand to share their wellbeing tips.

“The earthquakes have affected Cantabrians in different ways and we know that the impact on young people is significant,” Michael Donoghue, recovery manager, says. “Young people growing up in Christchurch have experienced many changes to their way of life, their family and social networks, and many have been forced to change schools and homes. Bounce.org.nz is designed to be a site they can visit to get inspired, encouraged and glean tips on how to life a healthy lifestyle.”

With the support of local businesses, Red Cross held a free snow party in Christchurch’s iconic Cathedral Square on Saturday 15 August to celebrate the launch of bounce.org.nz. An estimated 30 tonnes of snow was trucked in from Mount Hutt for the party which featured live performances from Stevie Tonks and Drax Project, a free barbecue and hot chocolate, and celebrity guest appearances.

To follow Bounce visit

www.bounce.org.nz

www.facebook.com/bounce.org.nz

@bounce.org.nz on Instagram