Off-roaders have fun for a cause
Off- road adventurers have raised $1250 to help the Matamata College future problem solving team get to the United States.
Four-wheel-drive enthusiast Geoff Young organised an outing through Matamata farmland last Sunday.
Twenty-six 4WD vehicles took up the challenge, starting at Douglas Rd and ending up two farms past the railway tunnel.
The convoy stopped for a barbecue lunch at Wairere Falls before continuing on their drive.
‘‘It was excellent . . . it was one of the Young.
‘‘We had a few families come along and the kids just loved it.
‘‘One little fella had a smile on his face from the time he left the road til the time he went home again.’’
It was dependent on the capability of a driver as to how exciting a trip was, said Mr Young.
‘‘We go through streams, all sorts, and for the real toughies, up into the bush tracks on the Kaimais.’’
Mr Young first organised a 4WD trip 10 years ago to help his granddaughter raise money for a trip to Japan.
Since then, he has organised
said Mr another five or six and this is the third time the proceeds have gone to a future problem-solving team.
‘‘Each time I have to go to all the different farmers to ask their permission but they all seem to be pretty obliging, especially when they find out it’s for children,’’ he said.
His next trip will be a fundraiser for Kuranui School, with a 4WD trip on March 9 and a motorbike ride on March 10.
The next fundraising venture for the future problem-solving team is a Cocktails and Cabaret night at the Memorial Centre on March 23. Tickets are available for $25 from Matamata College or Williams Jewellery.
Roughing it: Four-wheel drivers make their way across the Matamata terrain. Bumpy ride: Spectators watch as a fourwheel-drive makes it across a stream.