Businesses help out with Cooma's own 'amazing race'

COOMA HOSTED its own version of ‘The Amazing Race’ on Tuesday with a unique spin. 

Nine year 10 students from Bombala High took part in the inaugural ‘Catholic Care Amazing Race’ aimed at teamwork, building confidence and communication.

The students were split into three groups, given ‘survival’ packs and a map of Cooma and appointed a team leader who helped them through a series of cryptic clues, pitstops and detours across the day. 

They set off from Nanny Goat Hill in the morning and picked up their first clue from the Cooma Fire Station. 

The clue read: “I have views of many continents. It is between the Elderly and someone who likes to play in an office. Fresh food people are sitting at my rear. My name smells on Valentines Day... got it...?”

The clue took them to Roses Restaurant where they were given the challenge to set a table for four and serve up a plate of food. 

They were judged by restaurant owner Tony Nassar who was very impressed by the students’ skills.

Another challenge was at Mainstreet where the group had to dress a mannequin appropriately for a job interview. 

At Mack’s Auto they had the tough task of assembling a small crane system. 

There were also tasks at Centrelink and Workways where they had to undertake job search activities. 

The innovative concept was organised by Catholic Care Youth Connections worker Karen Lonergan in collaboration with a number of organisations and businesses in Cooma. 

The stakeholders included Workways, Snowy Hydro, Mainstreet, Roses, Mack’s Auto, Capital Region BEC partnership broker Debbie Thomas, Bombala High School and Centrelink.

Ms Lonergan said the day was about communication, confidence building in the boys, teaching them about their options and most of all teamwork. 

She said the day would not have been possible without the support of the local businesses, organisations and the high school.

The day ended at Snowy Hydro where the students were given a presentation from Tracy Crowe who outlined employment opportunities in the future.

They were all presented with a certificate and prizes for winning different challenges throughout the day.

Ms Lonergan said this race was a pilot project and there were opportunities for the race to be run again with different schools across the region in the future.

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