Serving up the perfect dinner combination
Trusts behind a planned heritage centre on Stewart Island and a camp that provides a rite of passage for Queenstown teenagers have joined together to create a special fundraiser.
The From Sea to Mountains dinner combines the best of both worlds with a bounty of Stewart Island seafood served at a Queenstown dinner complete with live music and auctions.
Chairwoman of Queenstown's Branches Charitable Trust and Stewart Island's Rakiura Information and Heritage Centre Trust Sharyn Hensman said both trusts were looking at a fundraising event which would have been a lot of work individually.
"So when the opportunity to work together came up, we all jumped at the chance."
The Branches trust was established in 2009 to ensure the ongoing viability of the annual year 10 camp for Wakatipu High School pupils at the remote Branches Station.
The camp had been running for 46 years and had become a rite of passage, she said.
Students participate in rafting, abseiling, hiking, target shooting and kayaking at the camp but will also be practising their waiting skills at the fundraising dinner where they will be hospitality staff.
The Rakiura trust is providing the seafood and funds raised will go toward the planned multimillion-dollar heritage centre.
The proposed building will provide a new exhibition gallery, purpose-built storage for heritage items, audio-visual and education areas as well as research facilities and is expected to become a key tourist attraction on Stewart Island.
The dinner is being held on September 21 at the Queenstown Memorial Centre. Tickets are available from: email@example.com
- © Fairfax NZ News
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