Glam­our for a good cause at Stonyridge

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A night of glam­our will be held at Stonyridge Vine­yard on Septem­ber 16 to raise money for Wai­heke Health Trust and Ro­tary.

The health trust, which runs Os­tend Med­i­cal cen­tre and of­fers spe­cial­ist and home care ser­vices, is ex­cited about car­ry­ing out fundrais­ing for the first time, trust board chair­per­son Ma­ree Grbin said.

She hopes enough money will be raised that the trust can in­crease the num­ber of days x-ray ser­vices are avail­able on the is­land.

At present, the x-ray service only op­er­ates two to three days a week, so many pa­tients have to travel to Auck­land.

Up un­til now, the trust has of­fered a range of ser­vices funded through a con­tract with Auck­land District Health Board, but an­nual fundrais­ing could al­low ser­vices to ex­pand.

‘‘We would like to be able to broaden what we can of­fer peo­ple on Wai­heke, be­cause the aim is to have a healthy is­land,’’ Grbin said.

Wai­heke Ro­tary mem­ber Ni­cola Ham­bly, who is help­ing or­gan­ise the fundraiser, said guests will dress in cock­tail party wear for a night of ’’amaz­ing auc­tions’’ and danc­ing.

Lo­cal band Mojo Ris­ers and DJ Gareth Ross will pro­vide mu­sic.

‘‘There will prob­a­bly be a few celebri­ties there - Stonyridge has in­vited its VIP list. This is a hun­dred bucks so you can have fun and give back to the com­mu­nity,’’ Ham­bly said.

Auc­tions will of­fer items such as a din­ner for up to eight peo­ple at The Oys­ter Inn with Mas­ter of Wine Sam Har­rop, and a din­ner by chef Marco Ed­wardes with for­mer All Black Coach Gra­ham Henry.

Wai­heke res­i­dent Danny Schus­ter, who has worked as a vint­ner in­ter­na­tion­ally, has do­nated wines for the auc­tions.

Half of the money raised will go to the health trust and half to Wai­heke Ro­tary, which sup­ports a wide range of com­mu­nity projects and groups. Th­ese in­clude fund­ing tree plant­ing by lo­cal schools, do­nat­ing money to Wai­heke Liv­ing Without Vi­o­lence and Pir­i­tahi Marae, and pro­vid­ing food vouch­ers for fam­i­lies in need at Christ­mas.

Tick­ets for the event on Septem­ber 16, from 7pm to mid­night, are $100 and in­clude a glass of wine and canapes - email events@stonyridge.com or phone 09 372 8822.

A fundraiser will be held on Septem­ber 16 - from left Ellen Sumpter, Julie Cairns, Steve Fabris, Ni­cola Ham­bly, and Rachel Kraft. ROSE DAVIS/STUFF

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