Event catering fundraiser for community centre

Bannockburn Community Centre management committee  chairwoman Kerry Stainton-Herbert makes ...
Bannockburn Community Centre management committee chairwoman Kerry Stainton-Herbert makes pumpkin soup for competitors. Photo by Sarah Marquet.
What does it take to feed 300 hungry Rogainers? - six pumpkins and 20kg of onions, to be made into 70 litres of pumpkin soup; 25kg of dried pasta, to be made into salad; 13 cabbages and 11kg of carrots, to be made into coleslaw; 57kg of potatoes, to be mashed; 600 sausages and 300 bread rolls.

That is how much food members of the Bannockburn Community Centre Management Committee were dealing with yesterday in a fundraising effort that will raise about $4000 for their centre.

It is more than two years since the century-old Bannockburn Hall was closed because of earthquake risk and its future is still uncertain.

Committee chairwoman Kerry Stainton-Herbert said they were waiting to see the result from the latest Central Otago District Council report.

She said the committee started raising money about a month ago and already had $1300 in the kitty.

The Cromwell Community Board has agreed to provide a grant of $204,000 for the hall, giving half in the 2014-15 financial year and the rest the following year.

The price tag for a new centre has been estimated at $1.3 million but it has also been estimated that strengthening the current hall would cost less than half that.

Planning for further fundraising is well under way. The next event is likely to be ''Across the Bridge'', which will highlight the area and its artists.

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