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Taranaki Children Benefit from PIHMS Event

Taranaki children facing adversity were the beneficiaries of a fun and innovative event run by Pacific International Hotel Management School (PIHMS) degree students. 

The students organised a challenge called Bigger & Better in which teams competed by swapping a packet of Mallowpuffs chocolate biscuits for various products and services that would be used to enhance the lives of Taranaki families with children facing adversity. 

The event was run on behalf of the Mellowpuff Trust, which was set up in memory of Melissa Long who lost a long battle with cancer in 2006. Her father, Terry Long, says her dying wish was to repay the support she and her family received from the Taranaki community. He set up the trust to remind children that they are special no matter what their circumstances are. The trust aims to provide financial assistance, an experience or a function that will ease their worries, even for one day. 

Ten teams competed in the Bigger & Better challenge. Each team started off from the Icons Sports Bar in central New Plymouth with a packet of Mallowpuffs, which they were able to swap for bigger and better products and services. In just 4 hours spent persuading local business people to do swaps, they managed to collect products and services worth over $3,300, plus cash donations of $215. 

The collection of products and services included a number of dinner vouchers, a voucher for Nice Hotel ($380), an electric guitar with case ($340), ROC sunglasses ($250), a trailer of firewood ($200), clothes, toys and vouchers for beauty treatments. These will all be distributed to deserving families by the Mellowpuff Trust. 

Degree student, Moin Shaik says the event, which concluded with a prizegiving at the Icons Sports Bar, exceeded everyone’s expectations.

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