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Iconz is for boys who want a real life rather than a virtual one. It's not namby pamby, girly or woosey. It's fun, action-packed, and it needs blokes to make it work...
Does this sound like you?
- ICONZ is for self starters who have a biblical faith,
- It's for real blokes who enjoy fun and goofing around
- If you are semi-organised or better, that's helpful
- Having skills to share with lads is great but not imperative
- You have a desire to make a difference in the lives of a new generation of boys - especially those with no father figure
The huge impact of Iconz on one man and his family...
Gary Boyte and his two sons became involved in ICONZ after hearing about it from a friend they knew and trusted.
At the time, Gary was not interested in the Christian aspect of ICONZ, but he admired the outdoor education and skills development factors of the ministry. He was not unhappy for ICONZ men â€œto convert my boysâ€, but went out of his way to steer clear himself.
Gary took his sons to several of the much-loved annual ICONZ adventure camps and they had a fantastic time together. And after a couple of years, he began to join in the weekly programmes. Although he still prefered to leave the room for any religious stuff, Gary became good mates with a number of the leaders.
It was then discovered that he had leukaemia. During one of his remissions a friend shared his faith with Gary, and he became a Christian. This was a pretty big step for the self-confessed â€œreligion freeâ€ bloke.
On one visit Gary said to me, I'm over this (leukaemia), I would like to join up as a leader in ICONZ And of his faith he said, I would not be where I am today if it were not for ICONZ. Gary admired and respected the ICONZ men he knew and decided to join up as a leader himself. In spite of continued deterioration of his health, a bone marrow transplant and further treatment in the UK, Gary stubbornly refused to "lie down and die".
Gary was presented with his ICONZ 'Black Shirt' kit at home by two fellow leaders. The next day he returned to hospital, wearing his shirt with pride. Three weeks later he passed away at home, surrounded by his family and was buried wearing his ICONZ Leader's kit. His wife Natalie is honoured to have his story published if it keeps his memory alive, demonstrates that you dont have to be superhuman to be an ICONZ man, and if it inspires others to get involved, then his fight to the death is not in vain.
I challenge you to think seriously about getting involved today... Put on the Black Shirt and help boys discover a whole new world of firsts.
Remembering Gary Boyte; 6 April 1958 - 6 June 2010