'Thorney' cooks up a tale or two

NATASHA THYNE
Last updated 07:35 14/01/2014
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"Rugby heads" in Pleasant Point will get the chance to chat and dine with a rugby great to raise money for charity.

As part of the Pleasant Point's Got talent 2014 festivities, former All Black Grahame Thorne will be making a special trip to Pleasant Point to act as a celebrity judge for the grand final on Sunday, January 19.

He will also be cooking a gourmet barbecue on the Saturday and talking about his old career as an All Black and his new career in cooking.

Legends Cafe's Anna Cook said everyone is very excited to have "Thorney" at the event, especially because he is doing it all off his own back.

She said they are only selling 40 tickets to the barbecue to make it a more intimate affair.

"People can come and have a chat with him rather than just see him from across the room."

The money raised from ticket sales will go to the Aaron Otely Memorial trust which helps local families with children who suffered from a serious illness or accidents.

Last year they raised $10,000 for the charity and Mrs Cook said they aim to beat that by as much as possible.

There will also be a gala night with entertainment from the night's MC Australian music and theatre icon, Rob Martin, South Canterbury comedienne Jo Taylor, and other entertainers from the region.

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- The Timaru Herald

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