Big cash prizes in hacky sack drop

Central Leader - - NEWS - By JA­SON WALLS

Sausage siz­zles and bakes sales are usu­ally the sta­ple of school fundrais­ing events.

But Mount Roskill Gram­mar School has or­gan­ised some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent.

To­mor­row morn­ing, a he­li­copter will fly over the school and drop 10 hacky sacks onto the rugby field.

The school’s pre­fects and stu­dents have been sell­ing grid­sec­tions of the field. Money raised will go to the re­de­vel­op­ment of the school’s hockey turf.

If a hacky-sack lands on the square of grass you’ve paid for, you are in to win.

There are cash prizes of $1000, $500 and $250.

Event or­gan­iser Nick Tuialii ex­pects the event to be pop­u­lar and could raise more than $10,000.

‘‘It’s the re­de­vel­op­ment of the hockey turf into a wa­ter based turf - we’re work­ing with Auck­land hockey with that and they’ve iden­ti­fied it as one of their pri­or­i­ties to have a hockey hub here in the re­gion,’’ prin­ci­pal Greg Wat­son says.

The school has been fundrais­ing for a year now and have had events in­clud­ing quiz nights and work-a-thons.

But this event is on a much big­ger scale.

‘‘We want to draw at­ten­tion to the de­vel­op­ment that’s hap­pen­ing at the school and we thought an event like this would be fun for the com­mu­nity,’’ Wat­son says.

The prin­ci­pal gets the job of go­ing up in the he­li­copter with the school’s head pre­fects to throw the hacky sacks.

Head girl Mil­dred Wong has never been in a he­li­copter be­fore, but is re­ally look­ing for­ward to it.

‘I’m pretty ex­cited to see how it goes. It’s been a lot of work over the past few weeks. ’’

Mem­bers of the pub­lic will be able to buy tick­ets on the day to take a he­li­copter flight across Auck­land.

All are wel­come from 10am to 1pm at Mt Roskill Gram­mar School, Frost Rd.

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