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Making origami will take on a whole new meaning for a group of Wakatipu High pupils when they arrive in Japan next month.

Sixteen-year-olds (from left) Don Heald, Ben Pool and Jason Skudder – with teacher Megan Ide (right) and two other girls – are heading for Tatebayashi to experience Japanese culture at Wakatipu High’s sister school.

To get there, the teens have come up with novel ways of raising money – they each need $5200.

They hope Queenstowners will support their Amazing Race on August 30 by signing up for the challenging event modelled on the hit US TV show of the same name.

“We’re targeting businesses to prove that they are the best in town by competing,” Ide says.

There’s space for another 15 teams.

The other fundraiser is a Blokes and Blokettes Shed Day on Father’s Day, Sep­­tem­ber 6.

An “old favourite”, this event has been reinstated as a fundraiser for the trip and comes complete with pie and beer as buses take people to nine “interesting” sheds owned by surprise residents.

“The kids are really putting in a tremendous effort,” Ide says.