Cakes support school playground in Ecuador
A mass sugar rush was not the only highlight at Point Chevalier School on Tuesday morning with almost $1400 raised from the annual Oxfam Morning Tea.
Now in it’s ninth year the baked goods sale aims to raise funds for producers in developing countries.
The proceeds of this year’s banana-themed sale will go to a school in El Guabo, Ecuador.
Point Chevalier teacher and event organiser Keren Rego has visited the school and says the money could be put to good use.
‘‘Hosting this event for Oxfam is a way to promote fair trade in the community and how we can support local producers,’’ she says.
‘‘The money we raise will go towards a new playground at the school.
‘‘At the moment they only really have a few tyre swings.’’
The town is known for it’s banana production and Point Chevalier has been supporting the community for several years.
‘‘We send them about $500 to $800 a year from selling cupcakes,’’ Rego says.
Sustainability and fair trade have seen a considerable following in New Zealand schools in recent years. Many now have classes specifically dedicated to the subjects.
Rego says learning the effects that buying certain items can have on the world has had a huge influence on her pupils.
‘‘I think children are incredibly receptive, they are so enthusiastic about how they can help simply by the choices they make at the supermarket.
‘‘They can be persuasive to parents. Many of them have encouraged their families to start buying fair trade products.
‘‘It’s really, really powerful teaching kids something like this so they can understand the effect they have.’’
St Mary’s conductor Carmel Carroll is excited to get her two choirs on stage at the Big Sing secondary schools choirs festival in June.
Point Chevalier School pupils Bella Vandeventer and Naila Garmen, both 8, and Esme Garmen, 5, enjoy the range of cupcakes at the Oxfam Morning Tea.
Students Ava Colthurst, 11, and Nicole Ng, Connor Green and Sophia Collins, all 10.
Acting principal Lesley Mitchell and teachers Sarah Coughlan, Nicole Beauer and Juliet Pendleton were swept off their feet by hungry children.