Cafe worker to follow call of Nepal
Su-Zahn Angelo is going from one altitude to another.
The 21-year-old is taking time off from her job at Altura, a cafe in Rosedale whose name means altitude, to do volunteer work in Nepal early next year.
The six-week journey includes living with host families and helping out at an orphanage and a monastery.
While there Angelo is also doing a charity trek to the Mt Everest base camp with other volunteers.
At the orphanages she will be participating in a photo voice project, in which they distribute disposable cameras to the children.
Children can take photos of the things that are important to them, and the things that cause them trouble in their day-to-day lives.
Volunteers develop the photographs in Kathmandu and find things that overlap with the other villages, then work with them to fix it in a sustainable way.
Angelo is training to be a counsellor at Youthline, doing her masters in youth health at the University of Auckland and hopes to get into medicine upon completion.
Between all that she still manages to spend time with her horses at her family’s Dairy Flat property and fundraise for Nepal.
‘‘The money I’m raising is going straight to the orphanages and photo voice project,’’ Angelo says. ‘‘I’ve paid for all my flights.’’
Her managers at Altura have also stepped in to help, creating a special Snowflake Mochaccino drink. For everyone one sold, they give $1.
They also have a collection box on the counter where customers can contribute.
‘ ‘ Altura supports charity and fundraising where we can,’’ cafe manager John LeRiche says. ‘‘We are fair trade and organic, so it’s very much up our alley.’’
While Angelo is nervous about making the long trip on her own, she says it is something she has always wanted to do.
‘‘Part of my motivation to be a doctor has been to work in a Third World country. I like the idea of people who are in a position of privi- lege to take out their own time and money and help those who aren’t. How would the world develop if those privileged people continue to keep developing themselves instead of giving back?
‘‘It enriches your own life, and it grounds you. It brings you back to what is important in life.’’ A referendum about tolling motorways has backing from Hibiscus Coast councillors John Watson and Wayne Walker. They favoured a resolution seeking a referendum, put to the Auckland Council Governing Body meeting, lost on a 12-9 vote. ‘‘Our calculations show that many households in our area could quite easily end up paying an extra $2000 a year if the tolling proposal is adopted,’’ Watson says. ‘‘That’s totally unfair as anyone travelling over the bridge has no other option than to use the motorway.’’ A formal referendum under the Local Electoral Act 2001 would cost about $1.5 million. Watson says this cost could be largely eliminated if a more informal option was adopted and voting papers sent with rates notices. Instead, the council opted to do a public survey on alternative transport funding in addition to the long-term plan consultation scheduled from January.
Overseas mission: Nepal is on the horizon for volunteer and youth health student SuZahn Angelo.