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Proud moment: Pictured with Charles Amoamo at his graduation from the Jai Sneddon Scholarship programme are, from left, Sarah Foo-Ryland, Jai's mum Judi Sneddon, key supporter and Dyslexia Foundation of NZ co-founder Suzanne Pope-Mayell and Dr Amanda Foo-Ryland

By PHILIP CHANDLER

A scholarship programme named after a Queenstowner, Jai Sneddon, who died suddenly
two months ago, has produced its first graduate.

A month earlier, Jai had graduated from a course taken by Your Life Live It neural coding trainers Amanda and Sarah Foo-Ryland aimed at reprogramming people — and he’d been determined to help others, like himself, who’d suffered addiction problems.

After his death, Amanda and Sarah launched the Jai Sneddon Scholarship.

Last Friday, their first student, Charles Amoamo, graduated following an intensive seven-day course in neuro linguistic programming (NLP), timeline therapy and NLP coaching.

‘‘He just blossomed from day one to day seven,’’ Jai’s mum Judi Sneddon says.

‘‘Charles is wanting to help specifically Maori youth.

‘‘Jai wanted to help people in prison or in the underworld, and Charles will cross over with that as well.’’

For the remainder of this year, the scholarship programme will put at least six others through the course, whether in person or online.

The first online student, Christchurch-based former local, Angela Crossan, has already been selected.

Amanda says there’s already been interest from people supporting the programme — $6262 has already been been donated including an initial $982 from local Impact100 chair
Kristen Holtzman and $5280 from students who attended last week’s course.

Sarah adds: ‘‘Jai was a very, very special man, so we feel a great responsibility to continue his mission.’’

The link for anyone wishing to apply for or donate to the scholarship programme is https://bit.ly/3cF9Kfc

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