Overcoming fear for her friend
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.