Sweets fuel young duo

Sweets, sugary drinks and children are usually a bad mix if an atmosphere of quiet, zen-like concentration is needed.

But 12-year-olds George Currie and Thomas Clayson were given special dispensation by their parents yesterday to eat as much as they needed so they could complete the Longest Day Golf Challenge and raise money for the New Zealand Cancer Society.

"My mum packed some double-layered, two different flavours of Oreos, and we just started nibbling on them on the first round," George said.

"But we’ve got a bag of lollies and Picnics for the other rounds — just to keep our energy levels up."

Making their way through the Longest Day Golf Challenge at the Otago Golf Club are Dunedin 12...
Making their way through the Longest Day Golf Challenge at the Otago Golf Club are Dunedin 12-year-olds George Currie and Thomas Clayson. PHOTO: GERARD O’BRIEN
Despite eating quite a lot of Oreos, lollies and Picnic bars throughout the day, playing 72 holes of golf used up enough of their energy to keep them on an even keel and stop them from bouncing off the walls.

The duo love playing golf and spend much of their spare time playing it, watching it on television or learning tips from pros on websites.

So it is not surprising they decided to have a go at the golfing endurance event.

The other reason to participate was their mums.

"We both have mums that work in the hospital and community, helping people that have cancer," Thomas said.

"This is our way to raise some funds to also help these people.

"We’re doing it to help people get better and have a better life like other people."

Every day, 71 New Zealanders are diagnosed with cancer and every donation the cancer society receives goes towards cancer research, prevention and support services.

For their marathon efforts yesterday, the boys received a minor sugar headache and raised about $800 for the society.

-- john.lewis@odt.co.nz


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