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Wairarapa talent and a Masterton church are combining forces to help get Rathkeale College student Dylan Miles to Nepal for a school trip next year.

St James Union Church will be the venue for a fundraising concert on Saturday, August 24, featuring Rob Innes, a 2013 finalist in NZ’s Got Talent, based in Wairarapa.

Innes has a vast repertoire of music, including Gospel and songs from the 1950s and 60s.

Dylan’s school trip to Nepal will be in April, 2020.

The trip is part of the community service programme run by their school chaplain.

The key focus of the trip is to expose the Rathkeale College students to different cultures and to challenge them mentally and physically.

Not only are the boys, including Dylan, raising money for their travel but they are also expected to collect woollen garments and make toys for the Sherpa people they will meet as they trek the Himalayas.

Where possible, the group will also be taking part in some hard labour such as harvesting crops and building stone fences as they trek.

Other fundraising events St James Union Church has helped organise for Dylan include a high tea and the donation of a mobility scooter to sell for $1500 ono.

Dylan’s supporters have also planned a sausage sizzle and possibly an evening at The Screening Room. Ongoing sales of jam and relish by Grandma, and greeting cards made by a friend have also continued to sell.

Dylan’s mum Heather said she was “blown away” by the amazing help and generosity Dylan had received from not only friends and family, but people she had never met, who could see “this is a great opportunity for a young man”.

Tickets to the Rob Innes concert cost $20 and can be purchased by calling Anne 027 429 8129 or Heather on 027 222 1034.

The concert will be held at 2pm on August 24 at St James Union Church.