From about lunchtime yesterday the small town of Glenavy was known as Wayneavy.
The town was a sea of orange as it waited for Dunedin man Wayne Biggs to arrive.
Glenavy School had decided to hold a mufti day and help raise funds for Mr Biggs who has cancer and only has months to live.
With that in mind the children from the school, parents and the local community got kitted up in orange to celebrate.
Mr Biggs is travelling around the South Island on his bright orange two-wheeled Vespa Scooter.
“We were looking at people like Gandhi, and various other famous people and decided to look closer and study someone in New Zealand,” room 4 teacher Kate Mansfield said.
After seeing Mr Biggs and his story on Seven Sharp, and with room 4 at Glenavy School learning about service, it was decided something should be done about Mr Biggs.
“We just saw what he was doing and it really hit the pupils and they decided they wanted to help,” Mrs Mansfield said.
The fundraising initiative for the orange day came from room 4.
“There’s everything here from apricot sauces, apricot jam, orange lollies, orange cupcakes, orange frujus and raro juice for sale with the school hoping to raise $1000 for Mr Biggs.
There were also two auctions, one for a trailer load of pine firewood which fetched $220 and a carrot cake which sold for $90.
About $450 was collected from the mufti day, with $1915.40 raised in total.
The school’s desire to help Mr Biggs even resulted in TV One’s Seven Sharp presenter Haydn Jones coming to do a piece on the school.
Mr Biggs was overwhelmed by the efforts of Glenavy School in helping him try to raise as much money as possible for leukaemia and blood cancer.
By Brayden Lindsay
PHOTO: BRAYDEN LINDSAY – Wayne Biggs (centre on the scooter) with room 4 from Glenavy School who organised a fundraiser for him. TV One’s Seven Sharp reporter Haydn Jones is at the back, left.