Fundraiser all in a day’s walk
Today at 2pm Matamata Intermediate students will be taking turns running around a 500m track set up by the school.
The event is the 24-hour relay and it’s held every two years by the local school. It runs until 2pm tomorrow. Matamata Intermediate principal Daryl Gibbs is excited about the event, as it is his and many of the other staff member’s first year running and participating.
The relay is held as a major fundraiser for the school, with the guiding principle being that the money raised has to benefit everyone over a period of time.
In past years, the 24-hour relay has helped contribute to school supplies such as marquees for house and school events.
This year the money raised is going towards a covered trailer for the school that the caretaker will be able to use and will also be available for students who are going on camps during the year.
The school board has also been consulting with their kapa haka tutors and the Maori community around a new design for kapa haka uniforms that represent the intermediate’s motto and values, so some of the money raised from the event will be going towards that.
‘‘Some children have been working super hard to raise money and a couple of individuals have already raised over $200 each,’’ Gibbs said.
Any remaining funds will be used to enhance resources around the school like more seating areas.
Students are in teams of eight and they have to have at least two members of their team on the track at any one time.
Gibbs said the school had lots of support from neighbours, after they delivered letters explaining the event and the high chance of a bit of noise throughout the night.
He said some neighbours are even letting them plug into their power for lights.
He said the school was thankful for their help and support.
A few of the classes will also be doing fundraising during the event to support their class camps and numerous other things later in the year.
Gibbs said a lot of parents had already offered to help throughout the night by making sure there is supervision and people at certain areas during the event, helping with cooking and first aid, which just shows the amazing support from the community.
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will also be patrolling while it was dark.
‘‘Personally I think the children will go very well.
‘‘In the past, a few kids have tried to walk the entire thing themselves for the whole 24 hours.
‘‘At age 12, it is a seemingly huge thing to be able to do but the safety of the students always
the grounds I remember being totally exhausted come 11am the Thursday morning. I ended up basically dragging myself through the final hours. Of course we all had to participate on the first hour and the last hour. I remember that during that last hour, everything was aching more than it ever had before. It was gruelling but an absolutely unforgettable experience. What I loved most was the support, competitiveness and friendliness from everyone involved.
It was a major bonding experience for the whole school body. It was five years ago now but I remember it all so well. I want to wish all the year 7 and 8’s doing it his year good luck and to encourage them to have lots of fun. comes first.
‘‘ There’s a few pretty determined kids who are capable of walking the whole thing. It’s the end of my first term at the school and so it’s a pretty cool way to finish it off. I am really excited,’’ Gibbs said.
This year’s Matamata Intermediate 24 hour relay is expected to be just as exciting and colourful as previous years.