by Rhianna Walker

On Tuesday, 17 October, Unitec students currently completing their first year of Veterinary Nursing Diploma held a fundraising bake sale outside The Hub, Mount Albert campus. The bake sale was held to raise money in order to support their travel to Tonga this December. Fourteen vet nursing students, two Unitec Animal Science lecturers, and four vets will be volunteering their time to treat local animals who would otherwise not receive healthcare. The trip is organised annually by South Pacific Animal Welfare (SPAW) and consists of a 9-day itinerary where the students and the staff run a pop-up clinic for 5 days. Students from both years of the Diploma are eligible to apply, from which a small group is then chosen to participate.

Emma McIntyre and Rhianna Walker running the bake sale stall

On the day of the bake sale, there was music and dogs to draw in and entertain our customers. The event was able to raise almost $300 and all the baked goods were sold out, which included homemade cookies, brownies, fairy cakes and honey rice bubble slice. Additionally, the group held a fundraiser Quiz Night last month at Carrington’s The Pumphouse where over $3,000 was raised! The money collected from these fundraisers will help us buy essential treatments for the animals in Tonga including flea and worm treatments, vaccines and medications, as well as equipment.

With the help and support of the Unitec Student Council, the bake sale was successful and the event was popular, fun and ran smoothly. Thank you, guys!