Off-road­ers have fun for a cause

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART ni­cola.ste­wart@wrcn.co.nz

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

good

ones,’’

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.

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