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Radio fundraiser is the top banana

Jeremy Leveridge and Camryn Charles dressed in banana costumes and duct-taped each another to a classroom wall. PHOTO/SUPPLIED

While their schoolmates slept through the early hours of a Saturday morning, Mākoura College’s Jeremy Leveridge and Camryn Charles [pictured] dressed in banana costumes and duct-taped each another to a classroom wall – all in the name of mental health awareness.

The Year 13 students were the host of Mākoura’s annual 24-hour radio marathon fundraiser, held from September 23 to 24, which raised $2064 for the Mental Health Foundation.

This year’s show, “Going Bananas For 24 Hours”, featured candid discussions about mental health, interviews with guests, and various banana-themed activities – streamed live on social media.

Activities, made possible with a large donation of bananas from New World Masterton, included banana-related art projects, making banana splits, and “banana sword fights”, as well as constructing toilet paper wedding dresses and the aforementioned duct-taping experiment.

Camryn and Jeremy said the marathon was “an amazing experience”, and were thrilled with the support from sponsors, listeners and donors.

“We were happy all our activities brought a smile to the faces of our dedicated listeners and viewers, many of whom stayed up all night to support us,” Camryn said.

“We left the studios with memories we will treasure forever.”

Erin Kavanagh-Hall
Erin Kavanagh-Hall
Erin Kavanagh-Hall is the editor of the Wairarapa Midweek. She has been a journalist for the past 10 years, and has a keen interest in arts, culture, social issues, and community justice.

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