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Students join famine effort David Haxton Paraparaumu College has again been heavily involved in World Vision’s annual 40 Hour Famine. Student Abi Bertham said the college had done various fundraising from a student vs teacher quiz lunch, sausage sizzles, bake sale, teacher vs student sumo wrestling, car wash and more. Abi’s older sister Paula started a World Vision Club at the college in 2015. “She did this because she was passionate about what they do for our world and those that are less fortunate than ourselves,” Abi said. “This was a huge hit at Paraparaumu College and saw lots of people getting involved to help this amazing organisation. “Since then, the famine has continued to be an event the students and teachers at our school have supported.” She said World Vision had been raising money over the last three years to help people from the now war-torn South Sudan that have sought refuge in Uganda. “Over there they are building child-friendly spaces and classrooms and supplying unaccompanied children with the support of a community care worker as well as providing them with life-saving essentials and hope for a better future. “This is something that our school has always been and will continue to be happy to support. “This year we are really

More on the 40 Hour Famine Since it started, in 1975, the New Zealand 40 Hour Famine has raised more than $80 million and brought hope to thousands of children living in poverty in more than 40 countries. More than three million New Zealanders have participated in the 40 Hour Famine since it began. Last year, famine participants raised $1.8m for South Sudanese refugees in Uganda. More on the South Sudan refugee crisis Years of civil war has resulted in South Sudan becoming one of the poorest countries in the world. Due to the conflict, more than four million people have been forced from their homes, including 2.3 million who have sought safety in other countries, while more than six million people within South Sudan don’t have enough to eat. Uganda too is one of the poorest countries in the world, yet it has opened its Some of Paraparaumu College’s World Vision Club leaders at the doors to those who are leadership conference held earlier this year, Livia Muller-Blood, top left, suffering and need safety. Annie Jencova, Madison Jones, Kiera Weber-Sparrow, Abi Bertham, There are more than bottom left, and Laura Strong. 800,000 South Sudanese trying to push that it doesn’t “I think the reason we keep refugees in Uganda, over 60 per matter how much money you participating in this is simple — cent of who are children — make, whether it’s $10 or $100, what is happening over there, among them many who have anything can make a huge what these people have had to see arrived without their parents, difference to someone’s life. and had to go through just isn’t who have been lost or killed. “World Vision said that $10 fair. No one should have to see or Life for South Sudanese can give the gift of education to experience the things that these refugees in Uganda is hard. five children with school people have seen and we want They rely on organisations supplies. them to know that we are one.” like World Vision for essentials.

IN BRIEF INTRODUCING Paekākāriki youth Sophie Handford, who led the recent School Strike 4 Climate campaign, will stand for the Paekākāriki-Raumati ward in the council elections. “I want to advocate for healthier relationships between our seniors and youth, transitioning the council to carbon neutral status and the development of a workplace programme for students leaving school.”

ON A PLATE

Fourteen Kāpiti venues offering special menus, cocktails or events as part of Wellington on a Plate in August, with nine burger, five dine and three cocktail menus. There are also six special Kāpiti-flavoured events, including local producers venues, Ngā Manu Nature Reserve and a Kāpiti Island boat trip with lunch. The WoAP website features a Kāpiti-only section www.visawoap.com/kapiti launched this month.

RATES ASSISTANCE

Applications for rates support in Kāpiti close on June 30. Ratepayers on low incomes or families with high water rates and two or more dependents receiving Working for Families tax credits may qualify for assistance. Information on qualifying and how to apply is at www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/ ratesrebates or www.govt.nz/ getrebate

NEW RECORD

The median price for residential property in Kāpiti during May was $602,000 the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand said. The previous record was in April ($580,000) so this month’s figure is a 3.8 percent increase.

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