Kids hun­gry to help those less well off

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART

Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate stu­dents com­bined their ef­forts to raise more money than any other Waikato school for this year’s 40 Hour Famine.

Al­most half of the school’s 360 stu­dents took part in the famine and raised an im­pres­sive to­tal of $8738 for World Vi­sion.

Year 7 stu­dent Locryne Tiddy was the top fundraiser and set a new school record with his con­tri­bu­tion of $618.

His class had a sleep­over in the li­brary dur­ing the famine and ate noth­ing but ku­mara, potato, car­rots and wa­ter.

‘‘My stom­ach got a bit sore,’’ said Locryne.

‘‘The best part about it was when they fried the pota­toes.

‘‘I like do­ing it be­cause it’s al­ways fun and chal­leng­ing.’’

Deputy prin­ci­pal Lor­raine Stiles has been co-or­di­nat­ing the event at the school for the last 26 years.

‘‘It has be­come a tra­di­tion in the school,’’ she said.

‘‘I’m al­ways re­ally proud of the chil­dren for mak­ing that com­mit­ment.’’

The school spon­sors a boy in Tan­za­nia through World Vi­sion and has com­mit­ted to help sup­port him un­til he reaches med­i­cal school.

World Vi­sion schools re­la­tion­ship co-or­di­na­tors Char­ney Rooza and Aleisha Had­win have vis­ited the school sev­eral times this year.

They help the stu­dents to un­der­stand why chil­dren in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries need spon­sor­ship and how the money they raise is spent.

‘‘It’s re­ally im­por­tant for chil­dren to get that feed­back and see that they are ac­tu­ally mak­ing a dif­fer­ence,’’ said Mrs Stiles.

World Vi­sion was im­pressed at the ded­i­ca­tion the school has shown to sup­port­ing the char­ity.

‘‘It’s awe­some to come to a school that re­ally un­der­stands what it is to help oth­ers,’’ said Ms Rooza.

The top fundraisers: Back from left: Blair Pearce, Char­ney Rooza (World Vi­sion), Ash­lynne MacWil­liam, Aleisha Had­win (World Vi­sion) and Locryne Tiddy. Front: Caleb and Sarah McDon­nell.

ni­cola.ste­wart@wrcn.co.nz

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