Cakes sup­port school play­ground in Ecuador

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By ALAS­TAIR LYNN

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.

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