Students bake up storm to help with city tragedy

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By Mick Jensen

Students at Hinds School have baked biscuits and made cup cakes to raise money for the victims of the Christchurch shootings – and the tragedy is very close to home.

Nine-year-old Izzy Morten led the way with a baking project that produced 45 dozen bags of anzac and chocolate chip biscuits.

She raised $350.

Half of the proceeds from the sales will be given to the Givealittle page set up for the shooting victims.

The other half will be given to the wife and children of Jordanian national Kamel Darwish, who worked on a farm owned by a Hinds School family, and was killed in the terror attack.

Batches of biscuits were made at home at the weekend and in the evenings with help from her mother and a friend.

Izzy sold 12 biscuits for $5 at school, through the school community and via Facebook.

She said she wanted to be proactive and to do something to help those affected by the shootings.

Some people, she said, had donated ingredients, while others had given money.

Izzy, who is a member of the student council, delivered the last of her ordered biscuits last week.

Izzy’s fundraising initiative also inspired her fellow pupils in Tui class at Hinds School to take action.

The Year 3/4 students baked 96 cupcakes and pre-sold them on Friday to raise $180. That money will also go to Kamel Darwish’s family.

Photo: Izzy Morten with the final bags of biscuits she has to deliver.