Club shares its bounty

Taieri Bowling Club member Doreen Henderson (left), Otago Community Hospice funding co-ordinator...
Taieri Bowling Club member Doreen Henderson (left), Otago Community Hospice funding co-ordinator Lyn Chapman, and bowling club manager Robert Gibson after the club donated $2025 from the proceeds of a cabaret night. Photo supplied.

The Taieri Bowling Club has shared the proceeds of its cabaret fundraiser this month with a cause close to many people's hearts, club member and event organiser Doreen Henderson says.

The club gave the Otago Community Hospice $2025 raised at its April 5 cabaret, about half of the proceeds.

Mrs Henderson, of Mosgiel, said the club usually raised funds only for its own running costs, but this year wanted to extend to a ''good cause''.

Raising money for the hospice had increased interest in the cabaret, performed by Auckland duo Debbie Dorday and Jim Joll, she said.

Local businesses gave generously for raffles drawn on the night, the entire proceeds from which went to the hospice.

Mrs Henderson said most people had a connection with the hospice, which relied on community fundraising and volunteers.

''Everyone is quite touched by what goes on down there.''

''There's a real feel of warmth and caring ... it's just lovely. You feel the love and the care they get there.''

Feedback from the cabaret performance of Puttin' on the Ritz was overwhelmingly positive, she said.

Otago Community Hospice funding co-ordinator Lyn Chapman said the hospice was grateful to Mrs Henderson, the bowling club and raffle prize donors.

''What a great community effort to have such a successful event that everyone enjoyed and in the process raised money to help provide specialist hospice palliative care.''


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