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Rugby legend to help make money for school's netball trip

Rugby legend to help make money for school's netball trip

Rugby legend to help make money for school's netball trip

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A school netball team is joining forces with rugby legend Sir Graham Henry.

Stratford High School's touring team needs to raise $28,000 to get to the Gold Coast Netball Carnival in July and the final fundraiser is a social evening with Henry. 

Denise Kay, the teacher in charge of the trip, has been on the trip six times and said the school was very pleased that he was able to help out. 

"It's fantastic for a little school like us, we're really proud," she said.  

Bailee Drummond, 16, is an umpire in the travelling team of 26 and said the night would consist of many things, including Henry's stories. 

"He's going to talk about his experiences in his career of rugby and coaching and about his life," she said. 

Drummond hoped the whole community would come together to help raise money in this enjoyable way. 

"It's just trying to get everyone to come in and have a good evening with each other and as a community, and not just our community, Taranaki-wide," she said.

The evening will also involve a supper with beverages available and auctions of sports memorabilia and donated goods. 

Kay said the Australian event had many New Zealand teams but it "certainly is not a cheap endeavour".

"I think we're at about $18,000 at the moment, but obviously the more we fundraise the less students pay," she said. 

The Stratford High netball and rugby teams alternate, attending the carnival every second year. 

The students are in their final two years of school, therefore only have the opportunity to go once, and Kay said "it's not a given" that students will be selected. "It's almost like a reward, you have to be a special student," she said. 

Drummond said the touring team was "ecstatic" about the trip. 

"We're all excited about the experience of going over to a different country and different environment," she said. 

The team has been training at 6.30am each Thursday morning and Kay would tell them how many days there were left in the countdown. 

The event is taking place on April 27 at 7pm, tickets are $35 and available from the high school, and Sandilands Wheel Alignment in Hawera. 

 - Stuff

JANE MATTHEWS