Mayor to staff BBQ fundraiser

Eat for a cause . . . Clutha Mayor Bryan Cadogan and assistant Justine Barrie prepare their tongs in readiness for a Cyclone Gabrielle Adopt-a-Community fundraising barbecue at Balclutha New World this lunchtime. PHOTO: DIANE BYARS/SUPPLIED

Clutha Mayor Bryan Cadogan will be manning a barbecue at New World Balclutha during lunchtime today, to help raise funds for the Far North district community, which is still feeling the effects of Cyclone Gabrielle.

The Adopt-a-Community campaign matches councils unaffected by Cyclone Gabrielle with councils and their communities that have been badly hit.

Clutha has been matched with the Far North district.

The focus is on channelling support and funds directly to those affected in the Far North.

The barbecue at New World is one of several fundraising activities the council is organising.

Mr Cadogan said anyone wanting to do their bit to help should drop by and snag a snag, all funds raised going to the Far North Mayoral Relief Fund.

‘‘Thanks to New World Balclutha for providing the venue and equipment.

‘‘We’d also encourage businesses, organisations and groups in the district to hold fundraising events such as a morning tea or bake sale, or dress-up day — any small way to help raise funds for the Far North.

“Every little bit helps and will go directly towards supporting communities who will be under strain in the coming weeks following the devastating effects of Cyclone Gabrielle.”

Far North Mayor Moko Tepania said he was grateful for the response from councils such as Clutha.

“We are so grateful to the Clutha district for adopting us in the Far North and any assistance will go direct to those whanau affected. We can’t thank you enough. Whakawhetai nui [many thanks].”

All donations go directly into community cyclone relief support.

Donations can be made to the Far North Mayoral Relief Fund.

Bank account number: 12 3244 0022509 04

Reference: MRF and Gabrielle