Dine out and donate
Restaurant diners can do their bit for charity while eating out this Christmas season.
DineAid’s 2009 campaign kicked off last month, in which diners can add an optional $2 to their table’s bill at more than 200 restaurants throughout New Zealand.
All of the money raised from the campaign, which runs until the end of this month, goes to foodbanks run by city missions in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
Last year’s inaugural fund- raiser was supported by 150 restaurants throughout the country and raised more than $56,000 for Kiwi families in need.
DineAid founder Mark Gregory says New Zealanders are incredibly generous and the charity is looking forward to diners getting behind the campaign again this year and providing some Christmas cheer to those who need a helping hand.
He says with demand on food banks up 40 percent this year, it is hoped $100,000 will be raised from the two-month campaign and help even more families in need.
Support from Mercedes Benz and Kensington Swan, who will cover all of the charity’s operating costs, means that it is guaranteed 100 percent of all donations will go to the city missions, who in turn provide assistance to 140 separate organisations.
DineAid runs until December 31.
For a full list of participating restaurants visit www.menu mania.co.nz.