Scare tactics a reliable way to raise funds

Waimate Hospital a place of horror

Last updated 11:30 05/08/2014

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Farmer Rory Foley is quickly turning Waimate into the horror capital of New Zealand.

Earlier this year Foley ran a horror maize maze on his farm, raising $12,000 for the South Canterbury Cancer Society.

In the weekend he went indoors, turning the former Waimate Hospital into a "horror house", where people paid $15 to be scared witless.

About 20 actors dressed up in the creepy confines of the former hospital's rooms.

At times it seemed more like an asylum as visitors moved through the old building, being unnerved by the antics. Some were startled, others panicked and a few were terrified, but it was all for a good cause.

The Centennial School is $5000 better off as it raises funds for a new playground.

The horror house is set to run again on August 9 and 23. Tickets are available from the maize maze Facebook page.

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- The Timaru Herald

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