Schools put weight behind stadium drive

17:00, Jul 04 2014

Southland schools are answering the call for cash to support the stadium.

Schools and businesses were invited to dress up as their favourite sports star or wear mufti in exchange for a donation to the Rattle the Tin campaign yesterday.

Rattle the Tin is aimed at making the ILT Stadium Southland debt free.

About $5 million was needed when the call went out more than a month ago, with more than $1m raised before yesterday's efforts.

Otatara Primary School deputy principal Peter Nielsen-Vold said everybody at the school dressed up.

"We even celebrated with a football game in honour of the day," he said.

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Year 6 pupils trounced the teacher team 3-0.

The school raised $470.

Stadium Southland general manager Nigel Skelt said schools really got in to the spirit of the mufti day.

"They were really excited to know if they had raised enough money for a brick."

Those who donated a significant amount would receive a brick on the Friends of the Stadium wall with their name on it.

Skelt acknowledged the role ratepayers and other organisations had already played in getting the Stadium operational.

"The community have contributed massively already through various ways," Skelt said.

He did not know how much had been raised by the mass mufti day.

The Southland Times