Team close to travel target
Fundraising activities have revealed another strength of the Southland Boys' High School's rugby league team.
It has spent the year fundraising for a trip to the New Zealand secondary schools league tournament, in Auckland from September 2-6.
Central Southland College attended the national tournament last year but next month it will be the turn of Southland Boys' High School, a traditional rugby school, to fly the province's flag.
Coach-manager Jonathan Bringins and assistant coach Lisa Tou-McNaughton are thrilled with the commitment of the 24-member team in raising money for the trip.
Some students were able to cover their costs, and were happy to give the money they raised to team-mates needing help with travel expenses.
''They are looking out for each other and that's been really pleasing,'' Tou-McNaughton said.
Fundraising activities included working at Kidzone during the most recent school holidays, removing stones from the paddocks of a Tokanui farm, a garage sale, raffles and sausage sizzles.
Sir Peter Leitch, aka the Mad Butcher, has helped the team with good deals on air travel.
A Kiwis' Anzac test jersey, signed by the New Zealand team, is also being auctioned on Trade Me.
Bringins said the total cost of the trip was $17,000.
''We're nearly there, we just need another $1500,'' he said.
''It's been hard to find ways to access work ... they'll do the work.''
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