Queenstown students to cook 6000 meals in 40 hours to tackle poverty

Harley Hamilton, of World Vision (second from left) with Wakatipu High School student team leaders Hugh Taylor, Beatrice ...
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Harley Hamilton, of World Vision (second from left) with Wakatipu High School student team leaders Hugh Taylor, Beatrice Onions and Zed Moore.

A group of Queenstown students will cook non-stop for almost two days to raise funds for people in need.

Nineteen Wakatipu High School students will cook as many meals as possible in 40 hours to help Syrian refugees and tackle poverty in New Zealand.

The students aim to make 6000 meals to distribute to City Missions in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, and Queenstown's Happiness House.

Award-winning New Zealand chef Mark Gregory will help the students make shepherd's pie, Thai chicken and coconut rice, and spiced apple cake.

NZSki will provide staff and and an industrial kitchen, while Silver Fern Farms has donated over 400 kilograms of beef for the Cook for Cause event on June 9.

The students said they were "thrilled" with the support they had received from the community for the 40-hour project.

World Vision senior schools partnership manager Harley Hamilton said he was "grateful, inspired and impressed" with everyone's effort.

"From the initial blue sky ambitions back in December, to the work that has gone in behind the scenes from students Beatrice Onions, Hugh Taylor and Zed Moore, teacher Penny Hearn and the rest of the leadership team, to all of the community support and involvement – it's insane."

"I've worked with schools for three years and I've never seen anything like this."

Wellington City Mission Foodbank and volunteer coordinator Louise Mearns was grateful for the school's contribution. 

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"The food they're providing will be used in our drop-in centre kitchen to serve meals to our community, and distributed to individuals via our Foodbank service."

The World Vision 40 Hour Famine is New Zealand's largest youth fundraising event, involving more than 90,000 young Kiwis each year. 

 - Stuff

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