Fundraiser to take the cake

The Tribune (NZ) - - FRONT PAGE - RICHARD MAYS

A bold cam­paign to raise $50,000 in sup­port of World Vi­sion’s project in aid of Syr­ian refugees be­gins with cake.

Se­nior pupils at Palmer­ston North Boys’ High School open their fundrais­ing ef­forts with a cake bak­ing com­pe­ti­tion at Satur­day’s Lit­tle Cuba Car­ni­val.

Co-or­gan­iser of the fundraiser Benji Pritchard, 17, said the cake bake com­pe­ti­tion was the first event in a se­ries to sup­port World Vi­sion’s Syria project, which will run through the win­ter months.

‘‘Peo­ple are in­vited to bake a cake and drop it off at Square Edge on Fri­day,’’ Pritchard said.

‘‘It will be judged at the Lit­tle Cuba Car­ni­val with the Topp Twins. The cakes will be sold and the pro­ceeds given to World Vi­sion.’’

The baker of the win­ning cake gets a $100 voucher from a Ge­orge St busi­ness.

The Topp Twins will be at­tend­ing be­fore Satur­day night’s con­cert in Feild­ing.

A con­cert is ex­actly where the boys’ ef­forts are fo­cused next.

Sounds For Syria head­lined by Auckland singer-song­writer and anti-poverty cam­paigner Emily Muli, Welling­ton band Jimmy & the Jets, a lo­cal group called The Un­ex­pected, and other lo­cal acts, will take place at Cross­roads Church on Satur­day, May 27.

Tick­ets are at Square Edge, and the Boys’ High fi­nance of­fice.

An ex­hi­bi­tion of the school’s level-3 art, with re­pro­duc­tions of the works avail­able for sale, would be at Square Edge from June 1 to June 20.

There’s a func­tion and auc­tion of do­nated art­works by lo­cal artists, in­clud­ing Sarah Platt, at Square Edge on June 16.

A char­ity fight night, Square Off For Syria was planned for Arena 2 in Au­gust and would fea­ture bouts be­tween teach­ers, com­pa­nies, coun­cils, sports teams and politi­cians.

An­other sport­ing event, a $5 Stride Out For Syria fun run and walk is be­ing or­gan­ised in con­junc­tion with the Manawatu Striders.

A speak­ers’ night, Our Gen­er­a­tion United, is planned for Au­gust 11 in the Re­gent on Broad­way. Matt Watts, 17, said there would be three speak­ers, with the venue pro­vided free.

Pritchard said or­gan­is­ing the multi-pronged cam­paign, which fol­lowed in a school tra­di­tion of ma­jor project fundrais­ing, in­volved in­put from about 50 boys.

PHOTO: WAR­WICK SMITH/FAIR­FAX NZ

The Palmer­ston North Boys’ High World Vi­sion fundrais­ing project com­mit­tee from left; Matt Watts, Sam Ken­nard, Benji Pritchard, Hamzah Arafeh and Alan Kirk.

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