Fundraiser all in a day’s walk

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By KAICEY AL­LI­SON

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.

The Hin­uera Rugby Club

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.

Photo: NI­COLA STE­WART

This year’s Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate 24 hour re­lay is ex­pected to be just as ex­cit­ing and colour­ful as pre­vi­ous years.

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