Glam­orous ball for crit­i­cal ser­vice


It is hoped a glam­orous char­ity ball will raise thou­sands of dol­lars for an im­por­tant pub­lic ser­vice in Geral­dine on Satur­day.

The Geral­dine Emer­gency Ser­vices Char­ity Ball com­mit­tee is hold­ing its sec­ond char­ity ball, with pro­ceeds from the Hol­ly­wood themed event go­ing to St John.

Com­mit­tee mem­ber Karen Pace said the idea for a char­ity ball came about last year when the town’s Road Crash Res­cue Team was head­ing to Ro­ma­nia to com­pete in the world cham­pi­onships.

The ball raised $25,000 for the team, she said.

Fol­low­ing that she, and the other two com­mit­tee mem­bers, re­alised it could be vi­able to hold the ball reg­u­larly to raise money for all emer­gency ser­vices in Geral­dine.

‘‘The money needed to stay in the town and this year we’ve de­cided that the ben­e­fi­ciary would be St John.

‘‘Any money we can raise will be wel­comed by St John.’’

The com­mit­tee would de­cide ahead of each fu­ture ball it hosted which ser­vice would ben­e­fit.

‘‘It could be Red Cross. It de­pends, re­ally, what hap­pens in our sur­round­ing area.’’

She said if there were any un­for­tu­nate nat­u­ral dis­as­ters, do­nat­ing money to as­sist would be an ob­vi­ous choice.

‘‘We’re quite keen to sup­port the West­pac he­li­copter that comes out of Christchurch, we rely on that quite heav­ily.’’

There were 250 tick­ets avail­able to the event ‘‘we’re well on our way to sell­ing that’’.

The ball room at Stone­bridge Coun­try Es­tate will be dec­o­rated for the event, and Cam Scott and his band will pro­vide the en­ter­tain­ment.

A se­lec­tion of cars from the Geral­dine Vin­tage Car and Ma­chin­ery Mu­seum will be avail­able to pick peo­ple up and drop them at the ball for a do­na­tion. The mu­seum will gift all do­na­tions to the char­ity.

Tick­ets to the R18 event are $60 and are avail­able from Peter Young Ap­parel or 0800 289 849.

Menz Shed pro­gresses

Ti­maru’s first Menz Shed is pro­gress­ing well with plans in place to es­tab­lish it as an in­cor­po­rated so­ci­ety. The group was set up for Ti­maru men to share sto­ries and their con­struc­tion skills . Adrian Hall, John Cook and Gra­ham Tay­lor held a pub­lic meet­ing ear­lier in the year to gauge in­ter­est in for the re­gion. There are 130 Menz Sheds through­out New Zealand, each aimed at bring­ing men to­gether to share skills and work on projects to­gether.

Po­lice notebook

In­ci­dents re­ported to po­lice:

A Ti­maru man, 29, ap­peared in the Ti­maru District Court af­ter he was ar­rested and charged with breach­ing bail on Fri­day morn­ing.

On Fri­day, about 12am, a Ti­maru woman was ar­rested and charged with pos­ses­sion of cannabis at the Port Loop Rd car park.

On Thurs­day, po­lice ex­e­cuted a search war­rant at a Ti­maru ad­dress then ar­rested and charged a Ti­maru man, 23, with breach­ing bail.

Can­cer So­ci­ety shift

The South Can­ter­bury Can­cer So­ci­ety will move to 10a Dee St on Mon­day. The shift, for up to six months, is so the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s Me­mo­rial Ave head­quar­ters can be up­graded. The cen­tre is be­ing ex­tended be­cause of a de­mand for more room car­ried as it ex­pe­ri­ences in­creas­ing de­mand for its ser­vices. The phone num­ber will re­main (03) 688 0124. Staff hope to have emails and the fax ma­chine up and run­ning by Wed­nes­day.

Free bulbs pop­u­lar

It was ‘‘com­pletely nuts’’ as South Cantabri­ans were up early to take ad­van­tage of a pro­mo­tion to light the re­gion more ef­fi­ciently yes­ter­day. About 45,000 light bulbs worth about $1.8 mil­lion were up for grabs and most had gone by early af­ter­noon. The pro­mo­tion kicked off in Ti­maru at the South­ern Trust Events Cen­tre and at out­lets in Fair­lie, Geral­dine, Te­muka, Twizel and Wai­mate on Fri­day morn­ing. The rush hap­pened early af­ter 18,600 house­holds re­ceived letters from LineTrust South Can­ter­bury with vouch­ers for five free Ecob­ulb LED en­ergy-sav­ing light bulbs, val­ued at up to $200.


Geral­dine Vin­tage Car and Ma­chin­ery Mu­seum’s Gra­ham Rae, left, and Tony Bourke are ready to de­liver peo­ple to the ball.

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