The Roncalli College HappyCapz Young Enterprise Scheme team of Eleanor Parkinson, Benjamin Payne, Joseph Anderson and Olivia Odey have now begun selling their hats at Timaru business Work Outfitters.
The group has worked with the business to design and produce the hats, with 20% of the profits going to Starship Children’s Hospital, where team member Olivia spent several months last year.
The Young Enterprise Scheme, launched in 1981, is a practical way for young people to learn about the risks and rewards of going into business.
The group came up with the idea of sunhats as ‘‘everyone needs a hat’’, Eleanor said.
The group had hoped to use the Starship logo on the caps but the symbol is trademarked. Instead, the hats are adorned with a fingers crossed logo — a symbol the group says means ‘‘fingers crossed for hope’’ for patients in the hospital.
The group has worked with Work Outfitters, which has provided the hats at cost.
So far, the group has sold more than 140 caps online.