Stu­dents rise to oc­ca­sion

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Sally Hine

AUT Univer­sity hos­pi­tal­ity stu­dents are help­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence vic­tims with de­lec­ta­ble treats.

Hos­pi­tal­ity school staff and stu­dents be­gan bak­ing early on Mon­day for a morn­ing tea on Wed­nes­day to raise money for Pre­vent­ing Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence in the Home’s na­tional ap­peal.

AUT is among work­places through­out the coun­try host­ing morn­ing teas un­til June 20 as part of New Zealand’s Big­gest Morn­ing Tea cam­paign, which aims to raise $400,000.

The money will go to­wards run­ning the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s helpline.

The cam­paign en­cour­ages peo­ple to feel more com­fort­able talk­ing about do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, says the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s train­ing man­ager Holly Car­ring­ton.

“We are hop­ing to raise aware­ness for peo­ple to ring the helpline ear­lier, be­fore the abuse has be­come re­ally bad or re­ally dan­ger­ous,” she says.

The cam­paign has al­ready re­ceived great par­tic­i­pa­tion na­tion­wide, says Ms Car­ring­ton.

“We have had thou­sands of peo­ple sign up on­line and peo­ple are sign­ing up ev­ery day. It’s fan­tas­tic.”

The morn­ing tea is a good chance for AUT to of­fer its fa­cil­i­ties to help raise aware­ness, says AUT com­mu­nity re­la­tions man­ager Ian Leader.

“Bak­ing cakes is some­thing the stu­dents would do any­way but this is a bril­liant op­por­tu­nity for them to raise aware­ness among them­selves and the pub­lic about pre­vent­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.”

– Sally Hine is an AUT jour­nal­ism

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Bake-off: AUT hos­pi­tal­ity stu­dents Nashta Sokolova-Hawk, left, and Sarah Har­rap pre­pare treats for New Zealand’s Big­gest Morn­ing Tea.

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