Fun and games for a good cause

Toby and Noah with their 'Hoops 4 Days' arcade game creation. 143680 Picture: STEWART CHAMBERS

By GEORGIA WESTGARTH

GIVING up something for the benefit of someone else has been the theme for the past four weeks at Haileybury in Berwick with 130 students sacrificing their lunch-time break for a good cause.
Having supported the depression and anxiety support service Beyondblue for many years, this year Adam Tobin head of boys middle school at Haileybury wanted to try something a bit different.
“I wanted to get the boys to donate something like their time rather than just donating money and buying something and I came across Caine Monroy’s YouTube video,” Mr Tobin said.
Basing their good work off nine-year-old Caine Monroy’s initiative, the Year 5 to 8 boys joined up in teams and designed and built arcade games out of cardboard to be played by other students and friends of the school.
“A donation of $2 will be made to play the games and we are hoping to raise about $600,” Mr Tobin said.
The majority of the games have been designed around a points system and Mr Tobin said the school will hand out some prizes to the best players.
“There’s a shooting a ball into a hoop game, a ski ball game which is rolling a ball into a target, and throwing balls into different targets to score points,” he explained.
The social justice initiative opens at the school on Thursday 3 September and will also be open on Friday 4 September for Father’s Day.

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