'Il Divo' donates winnings

23:30, Jun 28 2012
Fella Voce
Getting their priorities right: Members of Marlborough Boys' College barbershop quartet Fella Voce Max Bicknell, 17, left, Hadley Anderson, 16, bottom, and Piers Dashfield, 17, handed over $1000 to Marlborough Plunket in Blenheim yesterday afternoon. The other group member, Michael Ruffell, 17, was absent

Marlborough Boys' College barbershop quartet Fella Voce caught the staff at Marlborough Plunket in Blenheim by surprise by presenting them with a cheque for $1000 yesterday.

The prize money was awarded to Max Bicknell, Hadley Anderson, Piers Dashfield, and Michael Ruffell after they won the Marlborough 2012 Stars in Your Eyes contest when they performed as Il Divo earlier this month.

The contest, organised by the Spring Creek District Lions Club, was a fundraiser for Marlborough youth and charities chosen by the contestants. Nine artists performed as their chosen stars in the cabaret-style event, in front of 330 guests.

Marlborough Plunket financial co-ordinator Kerry Hamilton said they were overwhelmed at the students' donation.

"We were just so surprised that we were the chosen charity," she said. "It's so unique for a group of young gentlemen to donate to a charity like Plunket."

Max said the whole group had agreed the money should go to Plunket.


"The other three are Plunket babies, and they [Plunket] do a really, really great job for the community," he said.

"We've all been really lucky, so we know the importance of making sure people have a good start in life."

Marlborough Plunket car seat services co-ordinator Maureen van Gelder said the money would go towards providing car safety education at preschools and schools around the region.

The programme would promote the message to keep children in booster seats until they were tall enough [148cm] to use an adult safety belt, she said.

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