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Quiet July windfall for Wellington charities

Sep 6th, 2012 | By | Category: Latest News, News

THE WINTER months are a notoriously quiet time for the hospitality industry, but this has not stopped one Wellington eatery doing its bit for charity.

Duke Carvell’s Swan Lane Emporium has raised a total of $2,000 with its second annual Dine in July for Charity event. 

The initiative involved diners donating 20% of their lunch bills to Wellington organisations such as Barnados, Wellington Free Ambulance, the Life Flight Trust and Te Omanga and Mary Potter Hospices.

“We chose July to run the event because it’s a quieter time of year,” says Duke Carvell’s owner and manager, Lorenzo Bresolin.

“Winter is not easy for any industry, and it’s further amplified for those who are relying on donations from other people.”

Customers could choose one of nine charities to donate their lunch money to. Wellington SPCA was flavour of the month for the second time, receiving just under $500 from the restaurant.

“Everyone’s been having a tough time [during the recession], so we wanted to show we were looking out for the community,” says Mr Bresolin.

He adds he is pleased with customer response to the event. “Everyone thinks it’s a fantastic concept. It’s a great little fundraiser,” he says.

“We received a lot of positive feedback,” says duty manager Ralph Hilaga.

DOING THEIR BIT: Manager Jacob Ford says the charities have been grateful for Duke Carvell’s support.

“Customers feel great to know they’re doing something [for charity] while they’re eating.”

Winning charity Wellington SPCA will use its donation for the general maintenance of its Newtown shelter.

Spokesman James Craw says the SPCA continues to be popular with Wellingtonians, despite tough economic times.

“People support us who don’t even like animals. We have people who will always support us, come hell or high water.”

Mary Potter Hospice and Women’s Refuge were the second and third most popular charities to receive donations.

Women’s Refuge strategic relationship manager Lesley Picking commends Duke Carvell’s for its support.

“The money raised for Women’s Refuge will help to bring hope and a fresh start to women and children experiencing family violence and abuse,” she says.
 
Ms Picking says the donation will be split between the six refuges in Wellington City, the Hutt and Porirua.

Mr Bresolin and the Duke Carvell’s team say they hope to run Dine in July for Charity again next winter.

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