Feast for food­ies at Fifeshire fundraiser

Nelson Mail - - NEWS - SALLY KIDSON

Fancy one of Nel­son’s top chefs Kevin Hop­good pop­ping round to cook din­ner for you and five friends in your own home?

Or how about the chance to glean pizza-mak­ing tips from Nel­son’s ‘‘King of Pizza’’ Ste­fano Bon­azza?

A Hop­goods din­ner party and an Ital­ian pizza mas­ter­class are just two of the ‘‘amaz­ing items’’ up for grabs in the Fifeshire Foun­da­tion’s an­nual char­ity auc­tion.

Man­ager Rachel Swar­brick said the auc­tion fol­lowed the char­ity’s an­nual golf tour­na­ment, which takes place on Thurs­day,

Most of the spa­ces had been filled in the golf tour­na­ment, how­ever Swar­brick said this year the char­ity wanted to pro­mote the auc­tion that fol­lowed.

It was the first time the foun­da­tion had pro­moted the auc­tion to the wider pub­lic. Last year the golf tour­na­ment and auc­tion raised $30,000.

Other auc­tion pack­ages in­clude a lux­ury food ham­per of lo­cally-sourced items from King Sal­mon, Moun­tain View Honey, Villa Grove Es­tate Olive Oil and Hog­a­rth Choco­late.

Travel pack­ages in­clude he­li­copter trips to Mt Owen by Reid Heli­copters and trips in the Abel Tas­man with Wil­sons’ Ex­pe­ri­ence.

The Fifeshire Foun­da­tion is based in Nel­son and dis­trib­utes $120,000 in practi- cal help to about 300 fam­i­lies in need.

The char­ity of­fers a life­line to fam­i­lies un­der­go­ing hard­ship such as pay­ing for car seats, as well as help­ing with den­tal or power bills and sup­ply­ing food.

‘‘If hard­ship is ev­i­dent we can meet all kind of dif­fer­ent needs. It’s get­ting peo­ple out of sit­u­a­tions ... if their fridge breaks down and they can’t af­ford to buy a new one and are us­ing chilly bins.’’

Most of its re­fer­rals came through so­cial work­ers.

The auc­tion takes place from 5.30pm at the Nel­son Golf Club on Thurs­day. There are also two team spots avail­able in the tour­na­ment.

For more in­for­ma­tion fifeshire­foun­da­tion.co.nz. visit

PHOTO: MARION VAN DIJK/FAIRFAX NZ

Fifeshire Foun­da­tion man­ager Rachel Swar­brick, left, with Rachael Reid. Reid Heli­copters is do­nat­ing a trip to Mt Owen to the foun­da­tion’s up­com­ing char­ity auc­tion.

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