Twelve-year-old, Sara O’Driscoll loves to bake, and she is pretty keen on fundraising for a good cause, especially when it comes to native wildlife.

The Mokoia Intermediate student has raised a whopping $1500 ahead of the Great Kiwi Morning Tea on 26th October.  The national event is Kiwis for kiwi’s fundraising initiative that supports kiwi conservation projects across the country.

Sara heard about the Great Kiwi Morning Tea two years ago and each October she has baked up a storm raising much needed funds to help kiwi.

“Kiwi are cool and I really wanted to help out.  So this is my version of the Great Kiwi Morning Tea.  Instead of inviting friends over for a morning  tea I decided to invite the whole community to enjoy my baking,” said Sara.

She set up her stall outside Canopy Tours, knowing that their customers would probably feel peckish after their tour.  With the help of her mother, Kris, the word went out on Facebook and through the school community and the town turned up, including Rotorua Mayor, Steve Chadwick.

Sara baked for three days leading up to the event and the community supported Sara in her mission with extra baking provided by family, friends, Sara’s teacher, the Engine Room Café and staff at Canopy Tours.  The bake sale signs were designed and produced by Speedy Signs and EmbroideMe Rotorua staff helped encourage passing traffic to pull over and purchase.

When Canopy Tours heard after the sale that she was $150 short of her $1500 goal, they topped up the tin.  The $1500 will help save 15 kiwi by controlling predators across their habitat for an entire year.

In total, Sara has raised $4,500 over the last three years and next year she’s hoping to do the same, if not better.

The Great Kiwi Morning Tea returns on Friday 26 October.   Everyone can do their bit to help by getting together with family, friends, colleagues and neighbours and hosting a morning tea with guests making a donation.

Just $100 is enough to save one kiwi by controlling predators across its habitat for an entire year.

While the official day is Friday 26th October, you can hold your event any time during Save Kiwi Month.  For more information visit