Over­com­ing fear for her friend

Waitaki Herald - - CLASSIFIED - By EMMA BAI­LEY

Pet­ri­fied but determined, Wai­mate woman Cat Gur­nett is run­ning through the Hor­ror Maize Maze to raise money for can­cer on Fri­day, March 13.

She will also be shav­ing off her locks in sup­port of her friend Gail Woods who has can­cer.

She will be run­ning through ghouls, guts and gore at the late night Hor­ror Maize Maze event at Rory Fo­ley’s Studholme farm on Han­na­ton Rd.

Par­tic­i­pants make their way through the maze while ac­tors dressed up as zom­bies, clowns and even rab­bits add shock value.

‘‘The maze scares me more than los­ing my hair,’’ Gur­nett said.

‘‘ My hair will grow back but peo­ple don’t al­ways come back from can­cer.’’

She has lost her own mother and grand­mother to can­cer.

She is hop­ing to raise more than $300 and half will go the can­cer so­ci­ety and the other to her friend.

‘‘I thought she could have a nice makeover.’’

More than 25 ac­tors are sup­ply­ing the frights. Fo­ley said the ac­tors get trained in dif­fer­ent scare tac­tics rang­ing from soft scares to jump scares.

‘‘Not ev­ery­one needs to be full on. There are some you only just see and they dis­ap­pear.’’

Gur­nett is right to be scared, he said.

‘‘We are not go­ing to go soft on her.’’

The maize has al­ready raised more than $20,000 for the can­cer so­ci­ety.

‘‘We are get­ting fam­i­lies from all over the South Is­land, In­ver­cargill, Dunedin and even Mt Cook.’’

It is the third year of the Maize Maze and af­ter it closes the maize is sold off as stock feed.

If peo­ple get too scared go­ing through the maze they can use the safety word ‘‘pur­ple’’.

Last year, there were 33 ‘‘pur­ples’’ used, but this year Fo­ley hopes to top that with 50.

There is also the punch and a half rule. This means when the ac­tors go to scare a per­son they have to stay an arm and a half length away to en­sure a ter­ri­fied in­di­vid­ual doesn’t punch them in fear.

There were also 12 peo­ple who wet their pants and two ‘‘ code browns’’.

The maze opened on Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 13 and ev­ery Satur­day is open be­tween 10am till 4pm cost­ing $20 per fam­ily. The last night is the hor­ror maze on Fri­day, March 13. To book visit the Maize Maze Face­book page or call 027 747 7263.

Dona­tions for Cat Gur­nett’s head shave can go to Amanda’s Bridal or be put into the ANZ ac­count 01 0893 0022337 50.

Get ready for fear: Rory Fo­ley and Cat Gur­nett at the Maize Maze. Gur­nett has pre­vi­ously said she would not run through the hor­ror maze, but now will along with shav­ing her hair to raise money for a friend who has can­cer.

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