Pupils get stuck in to fundraising for GC trip
Matamata College first XV rugby players have been busy earning cash to fund a tour to Australia later this year.
The team have taken a hands- on approach to fundraising – chopping firewood and picking up hay over the summer break.
Coach Daryl Bennison said the boys were looking for more jobs to do and would appreciate any support from the community.
‘‘Any farmers with maize stacks that need covering, any more firewood . . . any jobs people need doing really.’’
The team also plan to arrange a gala day, a quiz night and a hangi, and parents will spend five days running an op shop.
Twenty-five players will compete in the Gold Coast Rugby Carnival in July, includ- ing a number of development players.
Each player on the team – named the Matamata College Rugby Tour Squad – needs to raise about $2000.
‘‘It’s something for the boys towards,’’ Mr Bennison said.
‘‘I think it’s certainly something that they’ll remember: Going over with a team, and fundraising is a big part of it as well – working their way towards the trip.’’
It has been three years since a Matamata College team last played across the ditch and Mr Bennison said they were hoping to go on tours more often.
‘‘A few years ago we had a team fundraise to play in Christchurch but then the earthquake happened and they couldn’t go.’’