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