Rodney foster par­ents treated to feast

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Two foster care cou­ples from Rodney have felt the love with a spe­cial meal, cooked by school stu­dents to say thanks.

Saute´ ed prawns, cray­fish tails, gourmet burg­ers, choco­late mousse, waf­fles and ap­ple crum­ble were all part of the menu on Satur­day night as part of the a´ la carte din­ner put on by Chefs for Com­pas­sion stu­dents from Ros­mini Col­lege.

Dairy Flat foster carer Karen Moss, who at­tended the din­ner with hus­band Gra­ham and the three chil­dren in their care, said ‘‘it was just lovely.’’

‘‘As care­givers you of­ten do things in the back­ground, and we do it be­cause we want to make a dif­fer­ence,’’ Karen said.

‘‘When you do get ac­knowl­edged, it’s lovely es­pe­cially hav­ing young peo­ple say we are do­ing some­thing great, it’s re­ally nice.

‘‘We will trea­sure the mem­o­ries of the night for a long time.’’

The din­ner was hosted by year 7 stu­dents, and the evening in­cluded wel­come speeches, a four course meal, mu­sic, en­ter­tain­ment and the gift­ing of a cer­tifi­cate, flow­ers and hand­made cards for the fam­i­lies.

Chefs for Com­pas­sion Trust deputy chair Robert Barnes says the pro­gramme aims to teach the stu­dents the val­ues re­lat­ing to com­pas­sion.

‘‘It teaches them [stu­dents] the value of what their act of com­pas­sion has meant to some­one else and helps teach them self­worth and self-aware­ness,’’

‘‘We will trea­sure the mem­o­ries of the night for a long time’’

Karen Moss

Barnes said.

‘‘They learn that it’s all about how you treat peo­ple, and we see this as the best way the Trust can add the most value to so­ci­ety.’’

Through­out the year the stu­dents host a num­ber of evenings for fam­i­lies and foster fam­i­lies from agen­cies like Women’s Refuge, the Sal­va­tion Army and the Min­istry for Vul­ner­a­ble Chil­dren, Oranga Ta­mariki, with the sup­port spon­sor­ship from Birken­head Ro­tary and lo­cal busi­nesses.

Karen said the stu­dents re­ally em­braced her fam­ily, and adored the kids in their care.

‘‘It will be some­thing we will never for­get,’’ she said.

Karen says the night was also spe­cial for the chil­dren in their care.

‘‘They just loved it and asked if we could go back there again,’’ she said.

‘‘I think they re­ally felt the love – which is great.’’

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Foster par­ents Karen and Gra­ham Moss.

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