$5,000 it’s in the bag fundraiser

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - TAMARA THORN

Over $5,000 was raised at the Toko­roa High school Trust Fundrais­ing Din­ner last month that will be used for fu­ture proof­ing ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties for the com­mu­nity.

A fundraiser was held at Toko­roa High School to pro­mote and raise money for the younger gen­er­a­tion in the Toko­roa com­mu­nity.

The night in­volved din­ner, mu­sic, en­ter­tain­ment from stu­dents and a mock ver­sion for the game show ‘It’s in the bag’.

The show was hosted by Dean Tereu and Brian Reid who chal­lenged them­selves to keep the au­di­ence en­ter­tained as well as get­ting them in­volved.

To start the night the pair pre­formed a skit which en­abled the au­di­ence to ex­pe­ri­ence their sense of hu­mour.

Once the game was un­der­way, their un­re­hearsed per­for­mance kept the au­di­ence in laugh­ter and want­ing more.

Tereu said ’’The pur­pose of the night was to raise money for our trust, but also to show­case the in­cred­i­ble tal­ent we have in this com­mu­nity and come to­gether for a fun evening.’’

He said the night was a huge suc­cess with just over $5,000 raised to­wards Trust.

He said the Trust is work­ing on a long term vi­sion of rais­ing $1,000,000 that can never be spent, with the in­ter­est only be­ing used to fund op­por­tu­ni­ties for the young peo­ple of Toko­roa in the fu­ture. The trust has so far raised about $210,000. Through­out the night, do­nated prizes such as hood­ies,vouch­ers and ob­jects were kindly gifted out from lo­cal busi­nesses and peo­ple as part of the game.

Auc­tions also took place through­out the game where the public be­came very gen­er­ous when bid­ding for hand crafted goods, and the fa­mous rugby league kit of for­mer Toko­roa High School stu­dent Joseph Manu .

Tereu said ‘‘The mix of out­stand­ing stu­dent en­ter­tain­ment, an awe­some din­ner pre­pared by the school’s ca­ter­ing class, a classy venue and an ‘‘en­ter­tain­ing’’ game show cre­ated a pos­i­tive evening en­joyed by a ca­pac­ity of 100 peo­ple.

‘‘We are pleased with the out­come and look for­ward to an even bet­ter evening next year.’’

Tereu said the trust in­vites lo­cal busi­ness, fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als to con­sider con­tribut­ing to this much needed ini­tia­tive, and said next years event will be even big­ger and bet­ter.

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