Prentice show raising money for trip

Taieri College pupil Bridey Dalton, 17, doing a microphone check for her grandmother Suzanne...
Taieri College pupil Bridey Dalton, 17, doing a microphone check for her grandmother Suzanne Prentice before her performance tomorrow. PHOTO: PETER MCINTOSH
Having a famous grandmother to call on has come up trumps for a Taieri College pupil fundraising for a trip to Europe.

Country singer Suzanne Prentice is helping pupils at Taieri College raise money for an art and cultural trip to Europe by performing a show on Saturday.

 Suzanne Prentice. Photo: ODT files
Suzanne Prentice. Photo: ODT files
Prentice got involved with the fundraising effort when her grand-daughter Bridey Dalton, 17, told her she was going on the trip a few months ago.

She said it was nice to help with the effort so close to her heart back at home after spending time performing overseas with the likes of Dolly Parton and Julio Iglesias and on cruise ships for the past few years.

She felt extremely lucky to be still performing about 50 years into her career.

"I’m very lucky because at my age I’m still enjoying my career."

It would be Prentice’s first time performing in Dunedin in nearly 20 years.

On Saturday, the audience would get to spend "An Afternoon with Suzanne Prentice" which will include songs and a meet and greet over afternoon tea.

Prentice (65) said she was looking forward to talking about all the work she had done, including being a trustee on the Otago Southland Rescue Helicopter Trust.

About 32 pupils from Taieri College will travel to Europe in September and all of the proceeds from the event will go to them.

Tickets cost $35 per person and can be bought at the school office between 8am and 4pm today.

The show begins at 2pm in the schools Performing Arts Centre.

Prentice will also perform in Te Anau and Invercargill, to fundraise for Hospice Southland next month.