Trolleys get ready to race
Eastside derby tests downhill students’ racing skills
Those brave enough to go racing downhill have the chance to feel the wind in their hair with a new community event.
The Mokoia Community Association, in partnership with the Eastside Community Collective, is hosting an Eastside Trolley Derby on November 4.
It will be at the top of Wharenui Rd with racing starting at 11.30am.
Last year, 15 Rotorua Lakes High School students were supported with hosting the Amazing Place Race.
Feedback from the community was to have another event in 2018.
So this year Mokoia Intermediate students were given the opportunity to be involved by hosting the Eastside Trolley Derby.
The Mokoia Community Association’s Whatu-ira lead Mary Nicholas says this event caters for all ages and is a lot of fun for all the wha¯ nau.
“Our events not only allow us to bring out Eastside communities together but also provide an opportunity to work alongside our local school-aged youth, to enhance their skills, learning and knowledge base around organising and managing a community event.
“We believe that by building local leaders among our youth the Eastside will thrive and be known for its sense of community.”
Ralph Mosen, programme director for Horizon Consultancy Ltd, has worked with students from Rotokawa, Owhata and Mokoia Intermediate schools building trolleys for the event.
These trolleys will be available if people do not have their own, but people still need to register.
A highlight for Mokoia Intermediate pupils taking part in the building of trolleys included test driving the carts and learning what it takes to host a community event.
Mary says there will be prizes and safety gear will be available.
“It’s bringing the community together and having a fun day, whether you’re participating or supporting.”
Registration forms are available from all Eastside schools and the Mokoia Community Association, or go to www.insideastside.org.nz.
Registrations close at 5pm on Wednesday, October 31.
Mary says it is hoped the Eastside Trolley Derby will become an annual event increasing in numbers each year.
Mokoia Intermediate’s Daeantae, Ian, Logan, Moehewa and Cody showcasing their work.