The Southland branch of the New Zealand Alpine Club will swap climbing and the outdoors for popcorn and the cinema in an upcoming fundraising effort.
The club has organised an advanced screening of the new Sir Edmund Hillary movie Beyond the Edge at the Invercargill Readings Cinema on October 17 at 6.30pm to raise funds for their stoat trapping programme and to buy new climbing equipment.
Tickets will be available from Southern Adventures in Tay St for $20.
The movie, which includes original colour footage of Sir Ed's famous ascent of Mt Everest, is not expected to be released elsewhere in New Zealand until October 24.
This year also marks 60 years since Hillary's achievement.
New Zealand Alpine Club Southland Section representative Peter O'Neill said the exclusive night was also to raise awareness of climbing in Southland.
"We're really looking forward to having a climbing related event here [in Invercargill]," he said.
"It's an opportunity to raise more awareness of it."
He said the funding would go towards buying more stoat traps to set up in the Gertrude and Bowen valleys as well as climbing equipment such as bolts - anchors that are fixed into rock faces to aid climbers.
Mr O'Neill said the funding would take the club closer to its goal of setting up a bolted climbing area in Bluff.
"We want to put more climbs around for everyone like a bolting space in Bluff, we would like to make [the sport] more available to young people," he said.
Mr O'Neill said anyone was welcome to the movie night but with only 139 seats available, it would be a case of first in first served for prime seats.
There would also be giveaways and spot prizes from 6.15pm, "so get in quick", he said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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