West Coasters buy heart buns for Christchurch

West Coasters have come together to support a fundraising effort for the families of those affected by the attack on Christchurch’s Muslim community.

Staff and students at Tai Poutini Polytechnic were behind a campaign to bake and sell more than 1000 “heart buns” in an effort to raise funds for Christchurch families. The buns were pre-sold to local community members and at the Greymouth Markets. More than $1000 was raised for the Christchurch Foundation's Our People, Our City Fund.

TPP Leader – Engagement Mequa Hourston says the hearts of staff and students at the polytechnic are with all the people affected by the appalling attacks.

“We all just wanted to find a way to show that we care and we’re thinking about those people affected. Making a donation to one of the charities set up to support the families felt like a good thing to do. By making and selling heart buns at our kitchen here on campus, we felt we could contribute in a small way.

“The community really got behind the initiative. It shows there’s a lot of kindness in our local community and people want to support efforts to show that we care.

“Our huge thanks go to the businesses who have generously supported the initiative – Champion Flourmill and Bidfoods who have supplied the ingredients at no cost. And also to all of those people who volunteered their time and expertise to make and sell the buns.


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 From left to right: TPP Tutor - Evelyne Baumgarner joined by TPP Students - Damian McLaughlin, Hayden Cleghorn, James Manera and Carlo Keil