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Boys’ High spearheads a fundraising drive in support of Syrian refugees

The Palmerston North Boys' High World Vision fundraising project committee from left; Matt Watts, Sam Kennard,  Benji ...

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

A bold campaign to raise $50,000 in support of World Vision’s campaign to aid 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. 

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“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 the carnival after the opening of the Topp Twins exhibition at Te Manawa, and before Saturday night’s concert in Feilding.

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

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

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

The next stage is an exhibition of the school’s level-3 art, with reproductions of the works available for sale, 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.

Another of the organising group, Hamzah Arafeh, 17, said a charity fight night Square Off For Syria was planned for Arena 2 in August.

There are plans to feature bouts between teachers, companies, councils, sports teams and politicians.

“Billy Meehan organised it all for us last year,” Arafeh, who took part in last year’s Fight For Syria, said.

“He provided the ring, refs, gloves, headgear. Without him it wouldn’t have happened.”

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.


 – Stuff

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