Quick Kai is a healthy fundraising model born out of the Hutt Real Food Challenge that was initiated by Healthy Families Lower Hutt and run with Hutt City Council and Enspiral in February 2017. Developed by Jocelyn Reddy, Head of Faculty Technology at Wainuiomata High School, Quick Kai is a healthy alternative to traditional school fundraisers like selling chocolate.

In 2017 year 13 students at Wainuiomata High ran the first Quick Kai fundraiser making a dry curry mix and muesli to sell and raise funds for the school’s girls football team to attend a national tournament.

The school has run the programme again in 2018, but this time with year 9 students to raise funds for a local Wainuiomata youth group, TiHei Rangatahi. The aim of the exercise was to ‘give back’ to the community. Other schools and organisations are invited to have Wainuiomata High supply them with products for fundraisers of their own.Packaged Quick Kai muesli and curry.

Jocelyn is committed to using local producers in line with the kaupapa of the Hutt Real Food Challenge which was to develop local capability and capacity for healthy food. She has found them to be very generous, giving the school reduced prices.

Quick Kai is a great way to teach students about the many different elements of food production: nutrition, cooking, marketing, design and packaging, and food hygiene.

The students were intrigued by the number of spices that go into the curry mix commenting that they wouldn’t have guessed all those ingredients go into what you usually buy in one jar. Spice mixes and an Italian meal are possible new products.

Quick Kai signed up to Turning the Tide to inspire others to make healthy changes at their schools. We know that positive change is contagious and hope that others will follow their lead by providing healthy fundraising options for students and their whānau, or coming up with other health promoting activities of their own.

Email Quick Kai to enquire about using Quick Kai as a fundraiser for your school or organisation.