Christchurch school gets behind #buythisbeachNZ

ALDEN WILLIAMS/FAIRFAX NZ

Why should we buy a beach? Campaign orgnaiser, Duane Major explains.

A Christchurch school has given the #buythisbeachNZ campaign a boost with a $2500 donation. 

Almost 26,000 New Zealanders have already pledged more than $1.6 million to Duane Major and Adam Gard'ner's campaign to raise $2 million to entrust a sandy stretch of Awaroa Inlet in Abel Tasman National Park to the public.

Cashmere High School, with a roll of around 1800, held a mufti day on Wednesday to raise money for the cause. 

Cashmere High's student council counting the money the school raised for Awaroa Inlet.
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Cashmere High's student council counting the money the school raised for Awaroa Inlet.

Deputy Principal Blair Johnson says Major worked at the school "many years ago" and has stayed in touch. 

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"He sent a message wondering if we could get behind it. Because of his link to the school and our community... we said we would run it by our student council and staff leadership."

Major provided posters and the school advertised the day through assemblies and on its website. 

Staff and students were encouraged to dress up in "beach clothing". 

"Within reason," Johnson adds. "No bikinis or speedos."

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While a typical mufti day will bring in between $1500 to $1800, the school raised $2500 for this cause. 

"I think families saw the cause as being a good one and possibly gave the kids a few extra dollars.

"This is a generous school, we get behind things like this."

 - Stuff

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