One big shot at raising dough for Tawa College netball trip
Tawa College will hold a gala this weekend in order for their netballers to compete in a ‘‘ once in a lifetime opportunity’’ in Australia.
There will be entertainment and music, games, food, rides, hundreds of second- hand books, police dog and fire service demonstrations and a big raffle with a 55- inch TV donated by Smith City as the main prize.
PE teacher and coach of the college’s A netball side Amy Atkinson says the event has taken plenty of organisation, especially among a group of students’ parents. This is their major fundraiser, so ‘‘all of our eggs are in one basket, we’re hoping the school community comes out in support.
‘‘ It’s been awesome how these amazing mums have pulled together for the gala. It’s a great opportunity for their kids to play netball in a massive tournament overseas and they’ve just pulled out all the stops. We’re sure this is going to be a great community event for Tawa.’’
The Southern Skies Tournament in Brisbane, in July, attracts schools from all over the world to compete in rugby, basketball, hockey and netball. More than 20,000 competitors are expected for the week-long event.
Ms Atkinson says the 30-strong squad will enable them to play 12 games over four days.
‘‘ We see this as a huge opportunity for the girls, to both play at a high level and represent the school, and they don’t have to be senior A or B players. It’s open to anyone who wants to attend. It’s a huge amount of money they need to go [$60,000 for the squad], but we know it’s going to be a fantastic experience.’’
Along with the TV up for grabs, $ 500 in Westfield vouchers and a family pass on to the Interislander can also be won on the day.
The gala runs from 11am to 3pm, March 10, at the school grounds.
Hands up: Likely members of the Tawa College netball squad travelling to Australia in July for the Southern Skies Tournament will be out in force at the gala on Saturday.