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.
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.