Manukau Courier : December 9th 2010
12 MANUKAU COURIER, DECEMBER 9, 2010 NEWS Scholarship boost for duo Pressure eased: Aorere College's Sheenal Prasad, pictured with Gen-I's Alasdair Watson, says her First Foundation scholarship will help ease the financial pressure on her whole family. Leading the way: Papakura High School's Wesley Postma, pictured with Telecom's James Allison, wants to be a physiotherapist and a good leader. Two south Auckland students have had their academic futures secured thanks to the First Foundation pro- gramme. Aorere College s Sheenal Prasad and Papakura High School s Wesley Postma are among the nine new students from around the country to receive Telecom-sponsored tertiary scholarships this year. First Foundation aims to help tal- ented and financially disadvantaged students achieve their potential through tertiary education and to prepare them to positively influence and benefit their communities. Sheenal has just completed year 12 and is aiming to go to university to study for a commerce degree. Despite poor health, she com- pleted NCEA Level 1 with merit and also volunteers at The Warehouse. She says the scholarship will not only benefit her education but will ease the financial pressure on her whole family because her sister also studies fulltime away from home. Wesley s goal is to complete a physiotherapy degree and start his own business. He enjoys fitness and looks after his physical well-being by going to the gym four times a week. He also enjoys playing football and has done so since the age of four. Wesley says he s proud of his lead- ership potential and believes he always listens to peers before speak- ing out. To be a good leader, listening is the first key and having confidence in yourself. The four-year First Foundation scholarships bring together out- standing students from low-decile schools with businesses who provide scholarships, part-time work and mentors. Students are provided with paid, part-time work experience during school holidays and credits on their account to cover their spending on technology and education resources. They are expected to save $1200 a year for three years in a tertiary trust. Each year Telecom contributes to the trust to help meet the students tertiary fees. Telecom also gives each student an individual mentor. The company now supports 25 young individuals in the programme and has had four students graduate. Telecom has been principle spon- sor of First Foundation since 2003. Go to www.telecom.co.nz/ abouttelecom/communities for more information. Foodies share recipes to help Starship charity Comfort food: Food and wine writer Lauraine Jacobs with a pot-roasted chicken with rice and vegetable stuffing, which features in a new cookbook titled Comfort: Food for Sharing. Proceeds from the book are set to benefit the Starship Foundation. Photo: JASON OXENHAM By RHIANNON HORRELL ' It's everything I'd hoped for. It's a good everyday cookbook -- it means no specialty trips to different stores. ' Lauraine Jacobs A chance meeting on the beach between friends has led to the creation of an impress- ive cookbook which is raising money for the Starship Foun- dation. New Zealand Guild of Foodwriters president Lau- raine Jacobs was strolling along Omaha Beach earlier this year when she met Jude Turner, who was about to relinquish her role as chairwoman of Friends of Starship. Mrs Turner said her only regret was not being able to finish a charity cookbook project she d started. I said to her: I think I can help , Mrs Jacobs says. Why don t we ask members of the guild to con- tribute to the book? I was keen to raise the profile of food writers as New Zealand has so many good ones. As a result, Comfort: Food for Sharing was born and the pair are thrilled with the result. Mrs Jacobs says the con- tributors, who include diet- icians, nutritionists, foodies and chefs, have been incred- ibly generous by sharing their favourite recipes. It s the sort of food you could take to someone who is a bit needy. It s soups, salads, all sorts of savoury main courses, casseroles, lasagnes and pies. Everything is the sort of thing you would make for someone else. Nick Tresidder took care of the photography side and had a personal link to the charity project -- with his son having been in and out of Starship Hospital. The book is also filled with pictures of children helping with cooking. It s a lovely generous sort of a project, Mrs Jacobs says. She already has three books under her belt, includ- ing Matakana, The New Zea- land Vegetable Cookbook and A Treasury of NZ Baking. Mrs Turner, who now runs a gift and homewares store, says it has been a huge relief to see the project come to fru- ition. It s turned the dream into a reality. It s everything I d hoped for, she says. It s a good everyday cook- book -- it means no specialty trips to different stores. These are firm favourites cooked quite a lot by chefs. We hope that everyone buys it for Christmas. A Friends of Starship foodie event took place recently to celebrate the new book with guest speakers Mrs Jacobs and Peta Mathias. Comfort: Food for Sharing is $45 and available at book stores. Alternatively visit www. starship.org.nz/cookbook purchase/ to buy the book online. Go to www.manukau courier.co.nz for Mrs Jacobs' pot-roasted chicken with rice and vegetable stuffing recipe as featured in Comfort: Food for Sharing.
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