Frights are fundrais­ing for a good cause

Kapi-Mana News - - CONVERSATIONS - VIR­GINIA FAL­LON

North Is­lan­ders are pretty easy to scare ac­cord­ing to a man used to ter­ri­fy­ing peo­ple.

‘‘Just a mild snow or sleet and you guys would freak out.’’

In Welling­ton to raise money for Plun­ket with his Ware­house of Fear, Can­ter­bury farmer Rory Fo­ley said he was an ex­pert in the art of ter­ror and said that ’’code browns’’ were a good thing in his line of work.

‘‘I know it’s a strange thing to be happy about and that may go some way to ex­plain­ing why I’m sin­gle.’’

The six nights of hor­ror is be­ing hosted at Petone’s old Unilever fac­tory, but the scare­mas­ter wouldn’t say what pun­ters would find wait­ing for them within the walls.

‘‘At our last event 56 peo­ple said the safe word to stop the scares, 12 peo­ple wet them­selves and there were two code browns.

‘‘Ba­si­cally we’re go­ing to scare the crap out of you. It’s a hor­ri­ble ver­sion of an amuse­ment park.’’

Fo­ley said every­body had very dif­fer­ent fears, but there was one hor­ror that came up time and time again.

‘‘Peo­ple are pet­ri­fied of clowns. So many peo­ple are just ter­ri­fied and it’s an ac­tual pho­bia called coul­ro­pho­bia.

‘‘Peo­ple are even scared of Ron­ald McDon­ald.’’

A pho­bia of all things med­i­cal came a close sec­ond to clowns, he said.

‘‘We’ve been known to have a high pitched noise that sounds like a drill play­ing in one of the rooms.’’

With ter­ri­fied peo­ple in­side a dark ware­house, health and safety was a big deal in Fo­ley’s work.

‘‘We’re very care­ful and every­body has to sign a waiver ... we have a proven track record for safety.’’

He said a big part of the event was judg­ing how far peo­ple could be pushed and still have fun.

Those who planned to head along to the R16 event would be pleased to know the safe word was pur­ple and, even in the pitch black, they were watched.

‘‘We have night vi­sion cam­eras ... we’re watch­ing you, for your safety of course.

Every­body has their lim­its ... we’ve had big burly guys to­tally freak out.’’

The de­tails:

Ware­house of Fear - Plun­ket Fundraiser at the Old Unilever Fac­tory, 486 Jack­son St, Petone, Lower Hutt, on Septem­ber 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17 from 7pm. Tick­ets $25, avail­able at iTicket or call 0508 484 253.

MYTCHALL BRANSGROVE/FAIR­FAX NZ

Rory Fo­ley has brought his own pe­cu­liar brand of fundrais­ing to Welling­ton to raise money for Plun­ket.

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