Shave for a cure

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

Jokes and shouted words of en­cour­age­ment helped to set­tle the nerves of 17 Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dents as they had their heads shaved for can­cer.

The stu­dents raised more than $2500 for the can­cer ward at Star­ship Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal.

Year 13 stu­dent Emil­iano Tereyra or­gan­ised the event and said he was ‘‘ab­so­lutely stoked’’ with the amount raised.

‘‘ To be hon­est, I didn’t think we would get any­where near $ 2000, but ev­ery­one put a real ef­fort in and some raised $600 by them­selves, which is awe­some.’’

The stu­dents took col­lec­tion tins around school and the town; asked for spon­sors; and Emil­iano even spent some time busking to raise the funds.

It seemed as if most of the school was there to watch the stu­dents lose their locks – and there was plenty of ban­ter.

‘‘It was a good vibe and I think it sort of en­cour­aged ev­ery­one to do it,’’ said Emil­iano.

‘‘ It’s an awe­some and sim­ple way to raise money for kids with can­cer and I def­i­nitely en­cour­age next year’s stu­dents to do it.’’ Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate has walked away from the an­nual AIMS games with five gold and three bronze medals to their name.

The mixed year 7 and 8 golf team drew with Tau­ranga In­ter­me­di­ate to win the gold for the sec­ond year run­ning.

‘‘We were 17 shots be­hind on the last day. They were smok­ing us, and then we came back and drew it with them to get com­bined gold,’’ said Mata­mata stu­dent Tait Ben­ton. ‘‘ We thought we were no-hop­ers.’’

Thir­teen-year-old Con­nor Stoner made his­tory at Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate this year for win­ning the most medals in two years.

This year Con­nor won a gold medal in the team golf as well as a bronze medal for in­di­vid­ual golf. Last year, he won gold for both.

Mata­mata’s other gold medal was won in the girls’ year 7 multi-sport (kayak­ing, moun­tain bik­ing and cross coun­try) by Nik­isha Todd, who also broke records. Nik­isha’s time of 35 min­utes broke the record of 42 min­utes, as well as the year 8 boys’ record.

The fi­nal two bronze medals were won by Tom Brown and Os­car Mor­ris­sey for their com­bined points score.

The AIMS Games is New Zealand’s big­gest an­nual sport event for in­ter­me­di­ate-aged chil­dren, with more than 6000 stu­dents from over 150 schools.

Win­tec Jour­nal­ism Stu­dent

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