Cook-up with difference
Paella night for kids who need it most
SPANISH cuisine, local entertainment and all for a good cause.
WIZO Kesha is bringing a Spanish food fest to Maroochydore, raising money to support children in Israel.
WIZO Kesha president Rose Toms said all the money would be going to a school which was set up just after the Second World War.
“This school is unique as it’s a boarding school,” she said.
“When children arrive they are rebellious and have a really low self-esteem.
“They have psychologists and therapists there to teach them life skills so they can become responsible members of society.”
Ms Toms said despite the significant work the school does for the children it receives very little financial help.
“Earlier this year there was a huge bushfire and part of their school was burnt out,” she said.
“The kitchen wasn’t burnt out but when the health department arrived to inspect the school they deemed the area unsafe.
“It is going to cost more than $1 million to upgrade.”
WIZO, which stands for the Women’s International Zionest Organisation, has pledged to help the school raise the money needed.
The Australian arm of the organisation has been given the task of raising $100,000.
The Sunshine Coast organisation has committed to raising $20,000 of the total goal.
Ms Toms said fundraising was off to a good start, with the organisation already half way to its goal.
“We are so blessed that this is shaping up so well,” she said.
“We have been blown out of the water with people’s generosity.”
The Spanish food fest will bring the group closer to its goal.
The evening will feature experienced master chef signor paella at work creating a paella consisting of fresh coastal seafood and vegetables.
The evening will also include entertainment by a local singer/musician, an auction and raffles.
HEARTFELT FLAVOUR: Rose Toms and Betty Dykes of WIZO Kesha preparing for their Spanish evening to raise funds for Israeli children.