Schoolkid launches his sweet busi­ness ven­ture

Hamilton Press - - OUT & ABOUT - CAITLIN MOORBY

Once a month, Livi Hi­rawani de­liv­ers treat foods to busi­nesses around Hamil­ton.

The 15-year-old en­tre­pre­neur is the brains be­hind Cheat Day, a busi­ness he set up in April.

With the help of his older brother Ezra, he de­liv­ers donuts, fudge, cup­cakes and pop­corn to 20 busi­nesses around the CBD.

‘‘The pur­pose of Cheat Day is it’s once a month, so peo­ple can eat healthy for the rest of the month and once a month we drop off sweet treats to big and small busi­nesses for them to have a cheat day,’’ Livi said.

The foods are sourced from Ma­mas Donuts, The Girl on the Swing, The Fudge Dealer and Sweet As Pop­corn.

Some of the busi­nesses that have con­tracted his ser­vice in­clude Sen­tinel Homes, ACC, Deloitte, Work and In­come, Fon­terra, Cor­rec­tions Depart­ment, Min­istry of So­cial De­vel­op­ment, ANZ and Cle­land Han­cox.

Livi started the busi­ness for three rea­sons.

He loves good food in gen­er­ous por­tions, but in small doses. He tries hard at school but finds the work tough. And he wants to make his par­ents proud of him.

‘‘At school, I’m not very smart. I asked my par­ents if I was al­lowed to drop out, but my par­ents want me to stay in school.

‘‘This is my way to get out and give them an op­tion. I re­alised that I was never go­ing to be the smartest per­son around, but that I could put my mum and dad’s wor­ries about my fu­ture to rest by chas­ing a dream, which isn’t Cheat Day, but is busi­ness.

‘‘Cheat Day just hap­pens to be my first busi­ness and I love it.’’

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