Girls just over halfway to achieving fundraising goal

Lily Shields and Abby Meynell sold food at the Southern Alps Country Music Awards to help fund their trip to New York.
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Lily Shields and Abby Meynell sold food at the Southern Alps Country Music Awards to help fund their trip to New York.

Singing Timaru teens Abby Meynell and Lily Shields are halfway to the Big Apple. 

Earlier this year the girls, both 14, learned they had gained spots on a week-long junior Broadway workshop in New York in July.

They have arranged a variety of fundraising events to help pay the $6000 it will cost them each for flights, accommodation and incidentals. 

Their first fundraising event ran over the weekend, selling food at a stall at the Southern Alps Country Music Awards at Caroline Bay Hall.

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"We had to do a lot of quick maths," Abby said.

The stall was a bit of a "learning curve", her mum, Debbie Meynell, added.

Serving up a range of food, including cheese rolls and mini pies, earned the girls about $1000.

The girls kept busy selling the food themselves on Saturday, and then a number of helpers sold food for them on Sunday while they attended a rehearsal of the South Canterbury Drama League junior section's Alice in Wonderland.

Mums Vanessa Shields and Debbie, and singing coach Ella Thomas, will accompany the girls to the United States.

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Abby said she was still a bit overwhelmed by the trip.

"All the fundraising has had such a good response," she said.

They were both grateful for the support they had received so far.

Vanessa said Alpine Energy had given them $1000 each, and they were also going to receive $2000 each from the John Lawrence Memorial Trust.

While in New York, they hoped to take in as many shows as they could.

The lead singer from pop-punk band Panic! At The Disco, Brendon Urie, will make his Broadway debut in Cyndi Lauper's Kinky Boots, playing Charlie, which was something Abby was keen to see, while Lily hoped to catch the popular Hamilton.

They also hoped to squeeze in trips to Central Park and Ground Zero during some of their workshop downtime.

Their next fundraising event will be a theatre-themed Quiz Night at The Playhouse on May 5.

 

 - Stuff

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