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From school friends to work colleagues
Marlborough Midweek, Blenheim, NZ  by Paula Hulburt
27 Jul 2017
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They became friends at school and now two former Marlborough Girls' College students are making their mark in the world together.

Jordan Peipi and Katie FoleyTaylor became firm friends after meeting at the Blenheim school.

While they expected to always stay in touch, the pair was delighted when they ended up working together and have just finished helping organise their first big charity event.

Both young women found their niche working for children's life skills and development initiative Kiwi Can in Marlborough.

They have been helping put the finishing touches to the charity's Chefs Night Out and Fashion Show fundraiser, which takes place on August 5 at Wither Hills.

Katie, a keen dancer, says working for the group has been amazing.

"It's so cool to be a 'best friend' to 400 mini-people. I love that I get to be a kid again.

"At lunch times I even get to play in the playground."

Kiwi Can provides pupils from year 1 to 8 with the chance to build self-confidence and learn valuable life skills through a special developmental programme.

Founded in the late 1990's and run in primary and intermediate schools across New Zealand, the programme has the biggest uptake in Marlborough.

A national rep in both volleyball and touch rugby, Jordan says being a Kiwi Can leader is a "perfect job". "It mixes my passion for sports and working with children," she says. "I have fun at work every single day."

The Chef's Night Out and Fashion Show will feature models strutting their stuff on a catwalk in the barrell hall at Wither Hills.

Staff at the winery are in the process of moving hundreds of barrels to make room.

The fashion show is sponsored by Thomas's Department Store and Bidfoods are providing the ingredients which will be used by top Marlborough chefs, including Ross Harrison from Wither Hills and Jason Brown from The Marlborough Lodge.

Tickets are available from Wither Hills, Thomas's and Top Town Cinema at $120 each. Visit dinglefoundation.org.nz for more information.

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Friends and work colleagues Katie Foley-Taylor, front left, and Jordan Peipi, right, join forces with Marlborough chefs Jason Brown, left, and Ross Harrison. PHOTO: PAULA HULBURT/STUFF

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