Senior students from five Hawke's Bay and East Coast secondary schools will be speaking up this Saturday for the opportunity to boost their bank accounts as well as claim an Anzac Day trip to Gallipoli.
The annual ANZ RSA Cyril Bassett Speech Competition is being staged by the Napier RSA from 10am with the five students vying for the regional prize of $1000 for their school and $1000 for themselves.
The regional winner will go on to compete for the national speech title in Wellington with that winner receiving a lap-top computer, digital camera and a trip for two to the 2013 Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli in Turkey.
The RSA had been disappointed that of the 40 schools they sent invitations out to across the Bay, East Coast and Wairarapa only six students had picked it up - with one pulling out earlier this week.
"We have called on the schools and sent emails but the response just hasn't been good," Napier RSA vice-president Joy Miller said.
Schools with pupils entered are Napier Boy's High School, Hastings Boy's High School, Lindisfarne College, Iona College and Gisborne High School.
The regional competition was won last year by Sarah Cowan from Iona College and she will be looking to make it two in a row this year.
The competition will be judged by a panel of members of Toastmasters.