09 Mar Waikato Times – Kimihia School students inspired by amputee to take on challenge
Inspiration has hit Huntly’s Kimihia Primary School in the form of William Pike, an outdoor adventure amputee.
The school was given an opportunity to take part in the William Pike Challenge Award [WPCA] this year.
As an optional course for the year 8 students, the group will participate in six outdoor activities, 20 hours of community service and take on a new hobby or sport.
Kimihia School is one of almost 60 schools across the country involved and Pike said he was looking forward to it.
“The WPCA encourages kiwi kids to embrace new challenges,enjoy the great outdoors, engage with their community, interact with positive role models.
“These opportunities will further connect these young people with local people and places within their community, to grow and develop them as individuals, and to prepare them for whatever life throws at them.”
The former primary school teacher had his right leg amputated after he was caught in the 2007 Mt Ruapehu eruption.
Pike suffered numerous life threatening injuries, and as a result, his right leg was amputated below the knee, needing extensive recovery and rehabilitation.
Student Stephaine Mahu said along with some of her peers, they hoped to gain more confidence.
“It helps you push yourself to the limits.”