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Eastbourne’s Olympic hero drawcard for new charity dinner

Mar 25th, 2013 | By | Category: Latest News, News

AN OLYMPIC medallist is coming home to launch a new fundraising dinner for community heroes in Eastbourne next month.

Bronze medal rower Peter Taylor is a special guest at the first Fiesta-Bourne dinner to raise money for the local fire brigade and youth workers.

Fire brigade funding was a catalyst for the event.

Spokesperson for Pencarrow Rotary Club Derek Locke says the local fire service receives about $43,000 a year.

“The funding is appalling. That’s to run everything day to day,” Mr Locke says.

Local Chief Fire officer Ross Carroll says the extra money will go into the members instead of equipment or other things.

He said the current funding they had was “just enough, it has to be”.

This is the first year that the dinner has taken place but spokesperson for Mr Locke, wants an annual event.

“We’re going to try make this a yearly event so that we can get local heroes from the community to speak to us.

“The idea is to have an event which recognises local community heroes and also contributes to local community causes.”

Peter Taylor is not the only attraction to the event, with radio personality and actor Pinky Agnew booked as MC and local duo Scarlett providing musical entertainment.

The Rotary club is aiming to raise around $9000 that will be split between the two groups through ticket sales and an auction.

The big items up for auction include a shirt signed by former All Black Jonah Lomu, a rugby ball signed the Hurricanes and a copy of The Hobbit signed by Sir Richard Taylor, head of Weta workshop.

Mr Locke is hoping the event progresses into an award ceremony dinner as the years continue, and he wants to introduce trophies for sportsperson of the year and other achievements.

The dinner will be held at Muritai School hall on April 6.

Tickets cost $50 a head from Harcourts or you can call Margaret Lindsay at 04 562 8008 or email for more information.


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