Feast for foodies at Fifeshire Foundation fundraiser

Fifeshire Foundation manager Rachel Swarbrick, left, with Rachael Reid. Reid Helicopters is donating a trip to Mt Owen ...
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Fifeshire Foundation manager Rachel Swarbrick, left, with Rachael Reid. Reid Helicopters is donating a trip to Mt Owen to the foundation's upcoming charity auction.

Fancy one of Nelson's top chefs Kevin Hopgood popping round to cook dinner for you and five friends in your own home?

Or how about the chance to glean pizza-making tips from Nelson's "King of Pizza" Stefano Bonazza? 

 A Hopgoods dinner party, and an Italian pizza masterclass are two of the "amazing items" up for grabs in the Fifeshire Foundation's  annual charity auction.

Hopgoods chef and owner Kevin Hopgood is offering his culinary services for a six-person dinner party to the highest bidder.
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Hopgoods chef and owner Kevin Hopgood is offering his culinary services for a six-person dinner party to the highest bidder.

Manager Rachel Swarbrick said the auction followed the charity's annual golf tournament, which takes place on Thursday,

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Most of the spaces had been filled in the golf tournament, however Swarbrick said this year the charity wanted to promote the auction that followed.

Pizzaria king Stefano Bonazza will offer tips on topping the perfect pizza for one auction winner.
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Pizzaria king Stefano Bonazza will offer tips on topping the perfect pizza for one auction winner.

It was the first time the foundation had promoted the auction to the wider public. Last year the golf tournament and auction raised $30,000.

Other auction packages include a luxury food hamper  of locally-sourced items from King Salmon, Mountain View Honey, Villa Grove Estate Olive Oil and Hogarth Chocolate.

Travel packages include helicopter trips to Mt Owen by Reid Helicopters and trips in the Abel Tasman with Wilsons' Experience.

The Fifeshire Foundation is based in Nelson and distributes $120,000 in practical help to about 300 families in need.

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The charity  offers a lifeline to families undergoing hardship such as paying for car seats, as well as helping with dental or power bills and supplying food. 

"If hardship is evident we can meet all kind of different needs. It's getting people out of situations ...  if their fridge breaks down and they can't afford to buy a new one and are using chilly bins."

Most of its referrals came through social workers.

The auction takes place from 5.30pm at the Nelson Golf Club on Thursday. There are also two team spots available in the tournament.

For more information visit fifeshirefoundation.co.nz.

 - Stuff

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