Dine out and do­nate

Central Leader - - News -

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.

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