TPP students raise funds for furry and feathered friends

TPP cookery students are baking animal buns for an SPCA fundraiser on Thursday 13 August

Photo caption: TPP cookery students are baking animal buns for an SPCA fundraiser on Thursday 13 August. Front row, left to right: Hannah Payne, Samantha Sunbeam-Ramsay, Emily Bailie; back row, left to right: Joseph Ryan, Ryan Thomas, Chris Jones.


Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP) West Coast Trades Academy cookery students are using their baking talents for charity, making animal bread rolls to raise funds for the local SPCA.

The buns will be made in the shape of pigs, ducks, fish and all sorts of other animals and will sell for $1 each on Thursday 13 August. Students have already started prepping for the big bake, with cash pre-sales available now at TPP’s Greymouth reception for pick-up on 13 August.

Cookery Tutor Evelyne Baumgartner says the students have been involved in charity fundraisers previously and they enjoy putting their talents to good use.

“We talked about running a fundraiser earlier this year and they came up with the idea of supporting our local SPCA. Many of our students have pets at home and they said their furry and feathered friends were a real comfort during the lockdown. So they wanted to thank the people who look after the animals who don’t have homes.

“As well as the challenge of baking in certain shapes and styles, this task helps our students think beyond their own situation and reach out to help others. We’re very proud of the efforts they put in and I’m sure there will be plenty of people who want to sample their work on Thursday!”.

The plain bread rolls will be baked in the shape of animals and available for sale for $1 each – or in packs as requested – from the TPP restaurant on Tainui Street on Thursday 13 August between 12pm and 2pm. Cash pre-sales are available now at the TPP Greymouth reception, with receipts issued and orders picked up on the 13th. Students will also be making some rounds of nearby places to offer cash sales on the day.

The West Coast Trades Academy gives secondary school students the chance to start training for a trade while they are still at school. TPP delivers cookery training at levels 2 and 3 to trades academy students.

For more information contact:

Mequa Hourston, Leader – Engagement
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