Lions' message to families: Get lost for good cause

OREN OAARIKI
Last updated 05:00 17/01/2014
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Oren Oaariki

Inglewood maize maze operators l-r: George Buchanan, Tom McEwen, and Gordon Watson.

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It's time for families to get lost and the find their way out of a maze this weekend

Lions Club members have been out in full force getting Taranaki's maize maze ready for Saturday's opening.

"It's great for kids to come and run around in a good healthy environment," chairman of the Lions maize maze committee, George Buchanan said.

The maze has run for 13 years and proceeds go to local charities.

This year the club will support the Life Education Trust and the Inglewood Lions Youth Programme.

The Life Education Trust was chosen because the club wanted to see children who slipped through the cracks get a bit of encouragement.

"We want to help the kids sooner rather than later," Mr Buchanan said.

He said the maize was largely possible because of the support the club received from local businesses.

Some had donated money while others offered their services such as helping the club relocate their buildings. In return, the club had installed sponsored posts throughout the maze bearing the names of the companies.

Eager navigators are given a form at the beginning of the maze which they fill out as they find each post, copying what is written on them. Cash prizes are on offer.

The maze is spread over 2 hectares and will take about 1 hours to walk the entire course.

The Taranaki maize maze is in Lower Norfolk Rd, near Inglewood, and opens at 11am tomorrow.

Oren Oaariki is a Whitireia journalism school student

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