North Metropolitan TAFE students hold French fundraiser for grandparent carers


Laura Catterall and Alison Godwin turned to France for the theme of their special event. Picture: Martin Kennealey         www.communitypix.com.au   d454408
Laura Catterall and Alison Godwin turned to France for the theme of their special event. Picture: Martin Kennealey         www.communitypix.com.au d454408

TWO Tafe students will hold a French-themed live cookery demonstration to raise funds for a northern suburbs charity.

North Metropolitan TAFE students Laura Catterall and Alison Godwin are doing diplomas of event management and have set up a student company called Plan It Events.

They will host the event, Bon Appetit a Paris, at the Joondalup campus on June 11 to raise funds for Grandparents Rearing Grandchildren WA (GRGWA).

The event planners started developing the fundraising idea in February, and said guests would dine on two French-inspired courses, demonstrated by chef Robert Couzens who trained under famous French chefs and will share his passion and expertise on the day.

The pair said the evening of entertainment and culture would generate much-needed funds to support local families, with the charity struggling since government funding stopped in 2015.

Money raised would go towards life coaching sessions, annual respite holidays and general expenses attached to raising grandchildren.

Founded in 2000 by grandparents who felt there was a lack of support and nowhere to turn to for advice, the charity grows by an average of four families a month.

Northern suburbs grandmother Christine (surname withheld) said she became her grandson’s carer after her daughter suffered post-partum psychosis.

“My grandson is now nine – he remains with me,” she said.

“However, to say the experience has been stressful is an understatement.

“It was a bomb that went off in our lives which resulted in loss of a marriage, home, my own child for a period of time and loss of income.

“We are rebuilding our lives now and have gained tremendous support from GRGWA and the wonderful people who have established such a well-needed group.

“I hope one day the committee members are able to be paid some sort of income for their tenacious hard work, as they all thoroughly deserve it,” Christine said.

The fundraiser will feature Pieroth Wines, French-themed entertainment, a caricaturist, raffle, silent auction and wine wall.

What: Bon Appetit a Paris fundraiser

Who: Plan It Events for Grandparents Rearing Grandchildren WA

When: Saturday, June 11 from 6pm

Where: Functions on the Boardwalk, North Metropolitan TAFE, Joondalup

Tickets: $79 per person from plan-itevents.weebly.com