Greater Taieri Winter Crop competition proceedings are presented by Lindsay Tregonning (left) and Robert Reid (far right) to Graeme Gale and Ebony Johnston at Taieri Airfield last Wednesday. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
The $60,000 raised at an auction for Taieri's best crops has
''humbled'' charities on the receiving end.
Cheques of $30,000 each were presented to Otago Regional
Rescue Helicopter pilot Graeme Gale and Ebony Johnston, of
the Otago Community Hospice, at Taieri Airfield last
Mr Gale said fundraising support was essential to operate the
''We cover 28% of New Zealand's land area, but only have 8%
of the country's population. This is a tremendous help,'' he
Ms Johnston said the funding came at a crucial time for the
''At the moment we have 200 patients in the programme. It's
never been so high before.''
The organisation was ''humbled and grateful'', Ms Johnston
The fundraising auction night at Wingatui Racecourse on May
23 was organised by the Taieri Lions and Taieri Rotary clubs.
Growers and suppliers placed bids for crops entered in the
competition, Rotary club member Drew Carruthers said.
- Roberts Steven