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$11,000 boost for emergency crew

The Palmerston NTES Volunteer Unit receives a cheque for $11,476 The Palmerston NTES Volunteer Unit receives a cheque for $11,476

Students from the School of Services Industries exceeded expectations when they netted more than $11,000 for a local community volunteer group recently.

Vocational educational and training lecturer Alison Bonney said students from each of the commercial cookery, events and hospitality courses combined efforts to prepare, promote and deliver two fundraising dinners at the Karawa Restaurant on Palmerston campus.

“We’ve just presented a cheque for $11,476 to the Palmerston NTES Volunteer Unit,” Ms Bonney said.

“The funds will assist in the construction of a new training area at their volunteer unit in Yarrawonga.”

Ms Bonney said about 35 students had gained valuable “real world” experience through their involvement in the project.

“Our commercial cookery students prepared the six-course degustation dinners, the hospitality students provided the table service and the events students planned and organised the program.

“It was a brilliant combined effort that prompted rave reviews from restaurant patrons.”

Ms Bonney said she was grateful to the local businesses who sponsored the evenings and the dinner guests who dug deep to bid for auction items and raffles.

“We are delighted that patrons at the training restaurant expressed their appreciation for a high-quality dining experience and responded generously to a group that makes a valuable contribution to our community.”