Limehills School is calling for public support as it races to win a new $15,000 kitchen for its pupils.
The school is taking part in a national competition, organised by kitchen suppliers Parmco, in which pupils could win a classroom full of kitchen appliances.
Limehills is the only Southland school in its category in with a chance to win and is battling it out for top honours with Ruawai College and Okaihau School, both from Northland. There are 300 schools nationally in the competition.
Limehills hit 1270 votes yesterday, but yesterday its rivals were fewer than 100 votes behind.
To win, the school needs to achieve the most votes by noon on Monday, and pupil Bella Dykes said they would love to have the people of Southland get in behind them.
"We need people to vote for us to help us win the kitchen appliances. It's very close at this stage and very exciting.
"It would be so great for our school to be able to have our very own kitchen to cook in."
Fellow pupil Brooke Churstain said the prize would fit perfectly with the school's needs.
"We already grow our own vegetables and have chickens laying us eggs. All we need now is a kitchen to cook everything in to share it with our community."
Principal Jim Turrell said it would be a thrill for the prize to come south.
"We're asking everyone around the province to give us a hand - this is like the Ranfurly Shield of the kitchen.
"We're on the home straight now - but we need the people of Southland to help us make a big finish."
The Winton community was already getting involved, he said, with everyone who voted going into a draw to win five nights at the five-star Fiji Beach Resort & Spa.
- The Southland Times
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