Cafe worker to follow call of Nepal

North Harbour News - - NEWS - By ERICA DON­ALD

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.

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