Final at hall

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The Football World Cup final in South Africa will screen live at Queenstown’s Memorial Hall as a community fundraiser. 

The July 12 function – dubbed “The Beautiful Game” – is the brainchild of Jason Marrable, event manager of Queenstown Lakes District Council’s Lakes Leisure. 

Five dollars from the $7 door charge will be split between the Bruce Grant Youth Trust and the Queenstown Junior Football Club. 

Entry for kids 12 and under, accompanied by an adult, will be by gold coin donation. 

Football club members will put on breakfast as another fundraiser, while Language Schools New Zealand students will provide voluntary help. 

The function’s alcohol-free but Marrable wants a festive atmosphere and even encourages the noisy vuvuzela trumpets heard at World Cup games. 

There’ll also be prizes for the best-dressed and most excitable supporters. 

Marrable hopes the event appeals to local foreign nationals – and to families, especially as the school holidays are on then. 

“The finalists won’t be decided till a few days before but of course we’re hoping for NZ v Brazil,” he says.
Seating capacity is 600 and doors open at 5.30am.