GOTAFE cooks up a storm for cancer funding

By Shepparton News

The smell of hot cross buns wafted through Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE Shepparton’s Fryers St campus yesterday as staff cooked up a storm for the Cancer Council.

In its inaugural year, the initiative is the idea of baking teacher Steve Pinnuk, who has had a brush with skin cancer.

‘‘I thought it was probably an opportunity to donate to the Cancer Council,’’ he said.

‘‘There’s a few of us in the hospitality areas who have had some issues.’’

More than 640 buns have been pre-sold to staff across GOTAFE’s regional network, raising about $750.

GOTAFE chief executive Trevor Heeney said the organisation often came up with small-scale fundraising projects to benefit the community.

‘‘Totally motivated by the staff, totally driven by the staff — our staff group are committed to these sorts of community initiatives,’’ he said.

While GOTAFE’s executive was on board to put the finishing touches on the charity buns, the baking was left to the professionals, Mr Heeney said.

‘‘We do have some professionals here,’’ he said.