The YMCA is the cornerstone of a strong, caring and safe community, helping to build strong children, strong families and strong communities, living harmoniously in a safe and caring society. Our community stretches throughout the Whanganui and Manawatu areas locally, throughout New Zealand and the World. The Whanganui area will be celebrating 100 years in existence in 2012. In this time, the YMCA has assisted in both world wars and has continuously provided camping, outdoors, leadership, health and fitness programs in our community.