Joe Moody is a scary bloke on the rugby field.
And now the All Black prop has taken on a new sort of role – he’s become a scarecrow at Broadfield School.
Moody becomes scarecrow No 9 at the school which is using them as a novel way to let the public know their 150th jubilee celebrations is in March.
He joins Flick the Fireman, Lieutenant Dan, Roger, Betsy and Trev Broadfield who are stationed outside the school.
The school was treated to a special visit last week with the latest addition of the Moody scarecrow delivered by the real McCoy himself.
It was made by Moody’s former club Lincoln, and sponsored with $1000 by Lincoln Challenge.
Principal Mike Molloy said pupils were excited to have Moody visit with some wearing All Blacks and Lincoln tops.
For the four months leading up to the jubilee the scarecrows will remain in the paddock on Shands Rd to promote the fete event.
Businesses have got on board, either sponsoring a
scarecrow at $1000 or delivering their own scarecrow to get behind the event.
The fundraising will go towards a jubilee pavilion structure to be installed over the school’s netball court area.
Last month the school sent out an email asking businesses to either supply or sponsor a scarecrow.
It has quickly gained traction with the Christchurch Southern Motorway Stage 2 project team being the first to sponsor a scarecrow worth
Four more sponsors are likely.
Other scarecrows have been made, donated by organisations including the Lincoln Volunteer Fire Brigade and the New Zealand Defence Force.
The idea of the scarecrows first came to life when the school was planning a fete to be held as part of its school celebrations in March next year.
“At the same time the scarecrows were developed by one of our board members who is a very creative designer,” Mr Molloy said.
The original scarecrows Trev and Betsy, created by Belinda McMillan, have fast become celebrities in the community.
It was suggested by another board member Paul Hill to create a scarecrow paddock and have them sponsored.
“We believed that each business had their own story to tell and that the scarecrow gave them a vehicle to incorporate their persona, staff and business activities,” Mr Hill said.
He said the children have loved getting to know members of the community
The scarecrows now have Facebook pages, Instagram and the school often receives phone calls and emails asking about the
“It has just taken off,” Mr Molloy said.