SOTE students cook up a delightful afternoon tea to raise funds for a town in East Timor.
SOTE students cook up a delightful afternoon tea to raise funds for a town in East Timor. SEAN SLATTER

Students dish up tea for charity

A SMALL town in East Timor was the beneficiary of a fundraising afternoon tea held at the School of Total Education yesterday.

Year 10 students from the school's home group class made a range of different foods for the event, with all donations going to Childfund, an organisation that works directly with community leaders in foreign countries.

Home group teacher Rose Moore said the idea came about after she mentioned the charity to her students, having seen it advertised.

"I brought it up during class and we just went from there," she said.

"All of them really wanted to get involved."

Mrs Moore said the fact the students could actually identify the people they were helping added a human element to the task.

"We got sent photos of the town and the people that live in it," she said.

"This made it a lot more personal."

Yesterday's afternoon tea was the first in a series of fundraising events to be held throughout the year at SOTE with students keen to contribute further to the cause.

Isobel Gordon, 14, said it made her feel "really nice" to know she was making a difference, while fellow classmate Connor Burton, 14, said the students were already planning the next fundraising activity.

"We were thinking about maybe another afternoon tea," he said.

"But we also want to do a movie night at some point so we'll see."



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