Mahurangi Rotary and Warkworth Lions are again joining forces to organise a major outdoor fundraising dinner on the banks of the Mahurangi River, between Warkworth’s Wharf and Kapanui Street, on Saturday, March 17 at 6pm.
Bad weather forced last year’s inaugural Riverside Dinner to be moved away from the water and into the covered car park at New World, but it still attracted 240 people and raised $18,000 for Warkworth Wellsford Hospice and Mahurangi River Restoration Trust.
This year, organisers are praying to the weather gods and hoping up to 400 people will wear something green for St Patrick’s Day and and enjoy a balmy evening of music, dinner and dancing under the stars to raise funds for the Mahurangi River Restoration Trust and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Trust.
Lions member Peter Henderson says the dinner will raise awareness of the importance of both causes to the region, as well as vital funds.
“The worry is here that our arteries are clogged – the river and the roads. The river requires dredging urgently to restore it to a viable transport and tourist link and, with SH1 being closed too frequently, the Rescue Helicopter is a vital link that we require,” he says.
Warkworth Brass will be playing big band classics from the decks of the Jane Gifford, which will be moored alongside, and there will be a two-course spit roast dinner served at round tables of 10. The
Bridgehouse is providing a licenced bar, there will be a DJ playing music for dancing later in the evening, and there will be several auctions and raffles.
“It’s a terrific way for people to do something for the community and have fun a night as well,” Peter says. “It’s also a great way for businesses to treat clients or staff to a good night out.”
Info: Tickets cost $95 from Warkworth Menswear, Harts Pharmacy or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Enquiries phone 021 425849.