Big cash prizes in hacky sack drop
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.