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For a good cause .. Linda Wilson and dog Scruffy at Rockvale Gardens, where a garden party will be held on May 7. PHOTO: DANIEL BIRCHFIELD

If you are looking for something to do while your significant other is off duck-shooting next weekend, Rockvale Gardens may be the place to go.

The Weston property, owned by Linda and Bob Wilson, will host a women’s garden party next Sunday to raise funds for North Otago girl Charlee McLachlan, who recently underwent surgery in the United States to correct her cerebral palsy.

Mrs Wilson, who organised the event with Charlee’s grandmother, Helen McLachlan, said the day was all about spending time in the sprawling gardens for a good cause.

“I was talking with Charlee’s grandmother and we concocted this idea. I said, ‘I have the facility, so let’s do it together.”‘

With duck-shooting season opening next weekend, plenty of women would probably be at a loose end, Mrs Wilson said.

“It’s just for ladies. Hopefully, while the men are out duck-shooting, the ladies will come and have a nice afternoon out.

“It’s just an afternoon of networking .. The whole idea is to spend time in the gardens and wander around them.”

All funds raised on the day through ticket sales and raffles would go towards costs associated with Charlee’s recovery.

There would be stalls and Devonshire teas on offer, and ticket holders would also be provided with a glass of bubbly on arrival.

Entertainment would be provided by Oamaru band Dee May and the Saints and singer Vanessa Kelly-Brown.

About 100 tickets are available for the garden party, which is scheduled to start at 1.30pm and finish at 5.30pm.

For more information, email Mrs Wilson (linda.lsw@gmail.com).