Game on to trade up to a hall
If a man named Kyle MacDonald can take a red paper clip and eventually trade up to a house, then Matamata Christian School believes it can take $13.80 and eventually trade up to $800,000.
So who wants to start it off and trade a shiny gold $1 coin for something bigger?
A pen, a cup or maybe even a chair?
Trading up for bigger and better is an initiative that Matamata Christian School is jumping on board with, in the hope that one day they will have enough funds to build their first school hall.
They want to grow a donation of $13.80 into $800,000 but need 14 willing people, businesses or families to get on board and help them out by joining in the game Grow the Seed as traders.
This is the first time a trade-up game has been played for a fundraiser in New Zealand, that the school knows of. Kid on the Rock Foundation and Matamata Christian School board of trustees chairperson Spence Reichardt said that participants were free to trade in any way they wanted to provided it was legal and ethical and they are expected to trade up until they have reached the goal they set for themselves.
‘‘Each group or person will be given $1 to start with and they have to make that grow,’’ Mr Reichardt said.
‘‘ While money may change hands, the idea of the game is to trade goods. Once the game has finished, the goods will be sold and money given to the school.
No one who trades will walk away empty handed because when a trade is made, the trader receives the previous traded item.
The Kid on the Rock Foundation, which supports Matamata Christian School, is behind Grow The Seed.
After deliberating about ways to raise funds board members came across the Kyle MacDonald story and thought it could be a unique way to fundraise. ‘‘An anonymous donor gave us $13.80 as a seed donation towards the building fund, so we are starting with that and we hope to trade to $800,000,’’ Mr Reichardt said.
The game will start this week for growers who are already signed up but it is hoped others will join until there are 14 growers trading.
‘‘This is a good way to involve the community but without pulling out extra cash that people don’t have. With the economy like it is, we want to do something different, rather than just ask for donations.’’
The new hall will be a multipurpose one used for a variety of activities including indoor sports, assembly, music, food technology and learning extension – all of which will be available for the community to use.
For those who want to become a grower, Mr Reichardt asks that regular updates are put online so that others can see who is trading what and stay involved. The trustees’ will give full support and help out where needed.
If you are interested contact Spence Reichardt on 027 283 9534. The Matamata Chronicle has signed up as a grower. Will you? For more information, check out the Grow The Seed website at http://www.growtheseed.co.nz/.