01 Nov 2018

Thursday 01 November 2018

Every year in October Totora Hospice holds a long lunch, raising money for their palliative care services throughout south Auckland. With Term 4 a busy time for students who are sitting exams, it was an extra special occasion when 16 girls from Middlemore and Taylor put up their hand to volunteer as waitstaff for the day.



With Tiffany Horton (Year 12, Taylor) ably organising the group, along with the guidance of Community Service Facilitator Rosemary Carrington, the girls were put in charge of food and beverages as the sole waitstaff for the afternoon.

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“We had 16 King’s girls turn up and all were such a credit to the College, working hard for a solid seven hours without breaks,” says Tiffany. “This was a huge commitment considering many of them are in the middle of exams.”

The Long Lunch was a big success for Totara Hospice, raising more than $100,000, which was the most they have ever achieved.

The event manager from Sparrow Events paid King’s the highest of compliments, praising the girls’ efficiency and dedication, even offering each student a job at his company.

“Host for the day Mike Peru also paid compliments to King’s, mentioning us on the national 6pm news,” says Tiffany.

In addition to Tiffany’s efforts, Sophie Giltrap (Year 12, Middlemore) proved fundamental in helping to organise the event, as well as Olivia Scantlebury (Year 12, Taylor) who stayed till the very end packing up.

The Totara Hospice volunteers: Emma Howe, Jemima Hodgson, Jemma Charteris, Jess Wight, Milly Tooman, Mina Mataele, Pearl Lawlor, Angela Zhang, Briar Jonas, Claudia Wiggins, Dolly Innes, Emily Tian, Emma Hall, Sophie Giltrap, Olivia Scantlebury.