Strong interest in charity dinner

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Good food, drinks and excellent company will feature at a charity dinner in Oamaru on Wednesday night.

Belinda Spivey, of Spivey Real Estate, is excited to be hosting the charity dinner at Portside Restaurant and Bar.

Money raised from the three-course dinner will be donated to the Otago Community Hospice to be used in North Otago.

“Our plan is if this one goes really well, we’ll probably do another one at the end of year or the beginning of next year,” Mrs Spivey said.

An auction being staged at the dinner will help raise additional money.

“We’ve had people kindly donate items for the auction.”

A weekend getaway, a fishing trip and a Highlanders rugby jersey are some of the items on offer at the auction.

The news of the dinner had spread quickly around the community, Mrs Spivey said.

“We’ve had lots of inquiries. I know so far we’ve probably had close to 60 people inquire about it.

“The response from people has been amazing.”

Choosing to help the hospice was personal for Mrs Spivey.

“It’s not just cancer patients that go there. I think it’s a great thing.

“We had a friend that was in there and they were the most amazing people ever.”

The hospice was also chosen to be the final resting place of her father when he had terminal cancer.

Although he died at home, her father had been willing to go into the hospice.

“To say that he liked the place was huge.”

The Otago Community Hospice was a good charity to raise money for because it supported people and families going through hard times.

“I think I’d just like to get the awareness out there.”

Capacity for the dinner is 70 people. Tickets are available by emailing Mrs Spivey (belinda@spiveyrealestate.co.nz) or contacting Portside (434-3400 or portsideoamaru@clear.net.nz).

Mrs Spivey was thankful to Sally-Ann Donnelly, who provided Portside as a venue for the event.

“We’re very lucky Sally-Ann is opening the restaurant for us because Wednesday is usually their day off.”