Big night out all for a good cause

An auction near Queenstown on Saturday night raised nearly $15,000 for the Cure Kids charity.

Among the guests at the Gibbston Valley Winery event was 17-year-old Izzy Kloogh, of Dunedin, who told the crowd about her experiences since being diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common form of cancer in children in New Zealand.

Thanks to research funded by Cure Kids, progress was being made, with the remission rate for children with lymphoblastic leukemia leaping from 30 per cent to 90 per cent in recent years.

All funds raised at the auction of items donated by the winery and other local businesses, including the Hilton Queenstown Resort and Spa, fashion designer Claire Bloom and Totally Tourism, would go to Cure Kids.

Nearly 140 guests enjoyed a five-course degustation dinner, matching wines and entertainment by The Peter Urlich Duet, comprising Peter Urlich and saxophone and flute player Lewis McCallum. The winery also released its 2012 Single Vineyard Pinot Noir at the event.

The Southland Times