Shave for a cure
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