Parachute digs deep for Rwanda

Parachute Christian music festival-goers have dug deep to raise money to buy vital medical equipment for a small African village.

Cash raised at Sunday's morning communion meeting will fund equipment for a medical centre in Tubehoneza, Rwanda.

The centre was built by Parachute attendees.

Parachute has raised $303,000  for the Tubehonza community over the past six years.

Parachute Music boss Mark de Jong says the money will go towards Nneo-natal care equipment, a generator for the maternity unit and a drier for the blood testing laboratory.

“In Rwanda blackouts happen all the time,” Mr de Jong said.  “I just think it would be awesome is us at Parachute could get behind and support this.”

Meanwhile, The Bible Society of New Zealand invited punters to go on a mission adventure to Cambodia via a giant board game with their fate decided by the roll of a dice.

“It makes you realise all of the things we take for granted here,” said player Laura Thompson, 18, of Tauranga. “We have Bibles, running water. I would like to go on a mission trip to Cambodia at some stage.”

She had just completed the game with a group of friends from St Peter’s Presbyterian Church in Tauranga.

This year’s three-day festivay was sold out by Saturday, although organisers had capped tickets at 17,500 afters sales had been slow for last year’s event.

“After a very troubling festival last year with ticket sales we have sold out,” Mr de Jong said.

Four thousand tickets for next year’s festival also went on sale, at a substantially reduced rate, with a four day adult pass selling for $99 and a four day family pass selling for $250.

Parachute has introduced a new ticketing system that sees new price bands introduced as the previous band sells out.