Maze $16,000 donation amazes society

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Studholme’s legendary maize maze has once again amazed the Cancer Society.
Farmer Rory Foley has given the society’s South Canterbury branch $16,000, the latest funds raised for the society by the venture he has created on his land near the Wainono Lagoon.
Mr Foley said the society told him words could not describe how much it appreciated his donations, which had totalled more than $30,000 before this year.
Timaru’s Roncalli College received $5000 raised by Mr Foley towards its trip to Vietnam and Cambodia, where it will be carrying out community projects.
The Zombie Mud Maze Run on March 19 raised a further $424 to help Waimate man Connor Farrell recover from a brain bleed.
This is the fourth year Mr Foley has converted a maize paddock into a family-friendly maze by day and an R16 horror maze by night. His previous efforts resulted in a Local Hero Medal, presented in Christchurch at the end of 2014. The mazes have been running from mid-February until the crop is harvested in March. This year Mr Foley added a maize field day on March 5, attended by more than 200 people. He said he would continue with the maze venture next year. It begins with drilling the crop on November 1. The growing maize is irrigated and receives two courses of nitrogen. When it is about 2.4m tall the corn cobs are snapped off and Mr Foley wields a scrub cutter to carve out the maze tracks. The finishing touches are outfitting a cast of scary characters with costumes he has made himself, then scaring the living daylights out of the public.