Win­ner

New Zealand Woman’s Weekly - - KIND, LOVING AND THOUGHTFUL -

As a coun­sel­lor at Kamo High School, I hear how chal­leng­ing life can be for some stu­dents. Next door to our build­ing is a con­verted pre­fab (the Whare Awhi). Open at in­ter­val and lunchtime, the whare is a place where stu­dents go to re­ceive both aroha and kai from the won­der­ful Ch­eryl Poutai.

It can­not be un­der­es­ti­mated how vi­tal a con­tent stom­ach is for con­cen­tra­tion and the pos­si­bil­i­ties that get shut off if a stu­dent fails to en­gage in their learn­ing. Ch­eryl of­ten strug­gles to re­source enough food for the hun­gry ap­petites that walk in her door. This is why I think the whare would be a great re­cip­i­ent of the food vouch­ers from Count­down.

On the day I de­liv­ered the trop­i­cal ba­nana cake,

I also is­sued the stu­dents an in­vi­ta­tion to con­tinue the Pay It For­ward vi­sion. A sign next to the cake read, “If you en­joy a piece of this cake, please Pay It For­ward to­day with an act of kind­ness to some­one who is not one of your mates.”

Hope­fully, Bake It For­ward was con­verted from the puku into ac­tion!

Big- hearted Bake It For­ward re­cip­i­ent Ch­eryl with her much - deser ved cake.

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