Game on to trade up to a hall

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA MCLEAY

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/.

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