"With our motto to have 'Serious Fun', the Pakuranga College Interact Club experienced yet another successful year filled with volunteering within our local community, raising awareness and fundraising for various charities - all while having a good time!  If what an Interact clubs does is a mystery to you then read on ... you will become a fan!
 
Written by Shirley Huang, Pakuranga College Interact Club Co-Chair:
 
As tradition follows, the year started off again with the ever so highly anticipated, Valentine's balloons fundraiser, spreading love and painting our college red by having Interact members prepare and sell over 950 red, heart-shaped balloons. Students were able to buy these balloons and write a special note to their friends, then have the balloon and note delivered to the recipient on Valentine's day! This year, we broke our record by selling over 100 more balloons than previous years, and raising almost $2000 for the Heart Foundation. These funds helped to support those who are affected by heart disease in New Zealand.
 
Our Interact Club also assisted within our local community through the Community River Carnival hosted by Rotary and the Howick Local Board. Interactors helped out by preparing various food stalls such as the sausage sizzle, cotton candy, and popcorn stations, as well as supervising the children playing in the bouncy castles. Along with the River Carnival, Interactors also volunteered to support and encourage the Primary School children who participated in the annual Tip Top Schools Day at Edgewater College. This was again a huge success, with both the children and Interactors having a blast throughout the day!
 
In Pakuranga College, the Interact Club hosts and organises all events regarding the 40 Hour Famine. This year, the money that we raised from the famine went towards the South Sudanese refugees who fled the country of Northern Uganda- a country suffering from an awful civil war. These funds were used to support these refugees by providing essentials like food, clean water, toilets, and safe areas where the refugee children could learn, play, and just be children. To raise awareness, we held the '40 Hour Famine Launch Day', which included special performances from students and a specialist harpist, as well as a guest speaker from World Vision to help inform and inspire the students. To raise these funds, our Interact Club held a bake sale ($855.30), sausage sizzle ($463.20), movie fundraiser ($862), and introduced a new event called the 'loose change week' ($87.10). Together with the funds from the 40 Hour Famine participants, we raised a total of $5370 for these South Sudanese refugees.
 
As a student-led council, we are very proud of our efforts and what we managed to achieve this year. We would just like to thank all the Interactors and supporters who helped us in our journey to try and change our world for the better, one small step at a time. A very special thank you to Mrs Adele Siljeur (teacher liaison), and Mr Peter Woodcock of Rotary for continuous guidance and assistance throughout the year! "
 
 

Fund raising Bake Sale ... after all everyone deserves a treat from time to time

 

What good is a Festival without delicious food!

 

What else would you hand out on Valentine's Day!

A very visible and practical way to say "thanks" ... or more.

 

When you see a line like this, and this is only the top end, you know that something fantastic is being served.  And it was ... this was the renowned Sausage Sizzle.