Long Lunch proceeds paid 'forward' to help girl

Hundreds of residents and visitors sit down for the annual Arrowtown Long Lunch in Buckingham St yesterday. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
Hundreds of residents and visitors sit down for the annual Arrowtown Long Lunch in Buckingham St yesterday. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
The original recipients of the proceeds from the popular Arrowtown Long Lunch yesterday decided to "pay it forward" to the family of a baby girl from Arrowtown who is fighting a cancerous tumour.

Trustees of the Queenstown Trails Trust were in line to receive more than $5000 from organisers of the second annual ticketed dining event in Buckingham St.

However, trust chief executive Kaye Parker said the trustees were so grateful for the community's support for the 110km project, it was only fair they returned the favour, especially to a little one in need.

Sydney Boden, born in September this year, was scanned at Labour Weekend, diagnosed with the tumour on her abdomen and taken to Christchurch Hospital for treatment.

Central Arrowtown yesterday was once again given over to residents as dozens of tables and chairs lined the middle of Buckingham St.

A total of 300 attended, up from 222 for the inaugural lunch last year. Thirteen Arrowtown cafes and restaurants participated, up from 10 last year, serving a variety of cuisine, including New Zealand, French, Indian and Thai.

Unlike last year, the event was held on the more relaxed day of Sunday, live singers and musicians provided entertainment and a Riverton artist created a "live" portrait of the street hosting the lunch, which was auctioned at the end of the event.

A temporary open-air lounge with bar made its debut on Buckingham Green, providing a change of scene for patrons after their meal and for members of the public to feel part of the occasion, QT Event Management general manager Malcolm Blakey said.

The Long Lunch will return next year.