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Proving that business isn’t just about profit – and that teenagers really can appreciate help in their life journey – Ōtaki businessman Steve Forsyth and youngster Jayda Maihi shared a hug and a bit of personal history when they met at Steve’s home on January 18.

The occasion was a mutual desire to catch up after Jayda had just completed the three-week challenge of an Ōutward Bound outdoor experience course in the Marlborough Sounds. Steve’s Civil Trim Plant Hire sponsored Jayda to attend.

Jayda said the course was challenging, but “awesome”, something she would recommend for any young person to help them realise what’s possible with will-power and a desire to succeed. Jayda was in a group of 14 – only 10 completed the course.

Steve was delighted to have Jayda contact him after the course, saying he wanted to keep in touch.

“If I can help you in the future, just give me a call,” he said. “I might even be able to get you an apprenticeship.”

Jayda is keen on being a builder, but meantime has to complete a final year at Ōtaki College.

Jayda, Steve meet up



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