Cook-up with dif­fer­ence

Paella night for kids who need it most

Maroochy Weekly - - NEWS - Jor­gia White jor­gia.white@sc­news.com.au

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.

PHOTO: PA­TRICK WOODS

HEART­FELT FLAVOUR: Rose Toms and Betty Dykes of WIZO Kesha prepar­ing for their Span­ish evening to raise funds for Is­raeli chil­dren.

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