Go­ing dye hard for char­ity

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - REXINE HAWES

Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dents went dye hard for char­ity last week.

The Mata­mata Col­lege year 13 Weka House held a dye hard chal­lenge for the school to raise funds for the West­pac Res­cue Heli­copter.

One of the co-or­di­na­tors Shanelle Ec­cles says the chal­lenge was a joint year 13 PE class health pro­mo­tion and a Weka house fundraiser.

‘‘We had to think of a prob­lem within our school or com­mu­nity. As year 13s our­selves, we no­ticed that year 13s start to not get in­volved now (in school par­tic­i­pa­tion), so we wanted to cre­ate a so­cial en­vi­ron­ment where kids could have fun.’’

The chal­lenge con­sisted of stu­dents go­ing through a tyre run, crawl­ing un­der nets, and down a wa­ter slide, all while be­ing splat­tered with dye.

Each house selects a char­ity to fundraise for, and Weka had cho­sen the West­pac Res­cue Heli­copter.

‘‘It’s a ser­vice that any­one could need,’’ says Ec­cles.

Co-or­di­na­tor Whit­ney Hall says 30-to-40 stu­dents took part in the chal­lenge, which she says was a dis­ap­point­ing turn out, but there were plenty of spec­ta­tors en­joy­ing from the side lines.

‘‘We had the lit­tle pri­mary kids (from Firth Pri­mary) watch­ing and yelling over the fence too.’’

Each par­tic­i­pant paid $5 which will go to the West­pac Chop­per.

REXINE HAWES

Par­tic­i­pants of the Mata­mata Col­lege Dye Hard chal­lenge

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