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Fruit buns raise funds for West Coast Stroke Foundation 

 Aromas of spice and baking filled Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s campus kitchen this week as cookery students baked fruit buns to raise funds for the West Coast Stroke Foundation.

In what has become an annual event for the West Coast Trades Academy cookery students, the fundraiser was a great way for the Polytechnic to support a local charity and give students a chance to get behind a great local cause.

More than 100 fruit buns flew out of the kitchen – while still hot – on pick up day, Thursday 1 July 2021.

Cookery Tutor Evelyne Baumgartner says it was once again a great opportunity for students to get involved in their local community and put their growing baking skills to the test.

“Whether we’re baking cupcakes for Daffodil Day, slices to support our supermarket workers post‐Covid lockdown or cooking brunch for the cancer society, getting the students involved in charity work is a fantastic way to get them connecting their cooking to their customer and community.

“The students did so well, stepping up to take responsibility for the massive production and the selling of the buns. We saw lots of smiley faces, and not just from the people receiving the buns! It was a great team effort and a big thank you to the community who helped to make this a success!

“It’s another way we can be more than a polytechnic for our community and, at the same time, create benefits for our learners and for a great local charity. And by the way the students had chosen to make fruit buns with the colours of their charity, blue and white stripes for the Stroke Foundation” she says.

Stroke Foundation NZ Background

Stroke continues to be New Zealand’s second single biggest killer and the leading cause of serious adult disability. Over 11,000 strokes are experienced each year – that’s one every 45 minutes. The number of people experiencing stroke will rise by 40% over the next decade. The Stroke Foundation is the national charity in New Zealand solely dedicated to the prevention of and recovery from stroke. For over 40 years, we have actively promoted ways to avoid stroke and dedicated ourselves to working closely with stroke survivors, their family / whānau and carers.

For more information contact:
Mequa Hourston, Leader Engagement
DDI: 03 7699 405 | Mobile: 027 237 5844 | email: mequah@tpp.ac.nz