Cupcakes raise money for Starship kids

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SIMON.HENDERSON

@thenews.co.nz

Tucking into a tasty cupcake will feel especially sweet for friends and families of Cromwell Primary School.

Pupils at the school have raised almost $900 for Starship Children’s Hospital by selling cupcakes made by pupils at the Otago Secondary-Tertiary College based at Otago Polytechnic’s central campus.

Over 300 cupcakes were donated by the college to the primary school, with pupils raising money by selling them to friends and family.

Principal Wendy Brooks said as well as raising funds the pupils were able to learn how to co-ordinate charitable activities and how to market and advertise their cupcakes.

Chief lecturers Trish Wilson and Carla Paranhihi said pupils from high schools across the the Central Otago and Lakes Districts were learning hospitality skills including baking at the central campus.

The pupils made their own choices about the cupcake designs, and enjoyed baking for a good cause, Ms Wilson said.

Starship Foundation chief executive Aisha Daji Punga said it was a “privilege to say a great big thank you” to the Cromwell Primary School children for selling cupcakes for the hospital, and to pupils at the Otago Secondary-Tertiary College for baking the cupcakes.

“I’m always humbled and truly grateful when I hear stories like this of community groups around New Zealand raising money to help Starship children.”

The Starship Foundation was “firmly focused” on accelerating the pace of change to deliver sustainable world-class healthcare for all New Zealand children.

“It’s truly heart-warming to know that young Kiwis in the heart of the South Island are inspired to help us bring better health and brighter futures to our children.”