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Rotorua Weekender, Rotorua Bay of Plenty  by Shauni James
29 Sep 2017
General News - page 1 - 465 words - ID 852315252 - Photo: Yes - Type: News Item - Size: 477.00cm2

Locals will be able to enjoy lunch and entertainment while also contributing to the community at a fundraiser presented by the Rotorua Rotary Clubs combined.

The Rotorua Charities FUN'raiser is being held at the Energy Events Centre on November 17 from 12pm to 4pm.

This is the third year the clubs have held the event to raise money for local charities, though this year it will have a new look.

A family-style lunch will be served and there's an auction and entertainment.

The entertainment includes Eric Rush, Amjazz Can Can dancers and Sunrise Rockers, along with other surprise acts.

The range of auction items up for grabs includes a framed picture of the boxing fight between Mayweather and McGregor, two rugby jerseys, spa packages, dinner at Bellanys and a summer concert package including accommodation in Taupo.

The All Black 2017 jersey was signed by the squadbefore the game against the South Africans at North Harbour recently.

The other jersey is a signed All Black 2015 World Cup winning jersey.

Rotary Rotorua Sunrise member Michele Weston says the fundraiser is beneficial for all different aspects of the community through the eight selected charities.

"The money is going to stay in Rotorua and benefit our community." She says charities were able to submit an application for funding, and from there the board then selected which charities would benefit.

They are hoping to sell 600 tickets and raise more than $100,000.

"It's going to be a fun afternoon that has that feel-good factor." It also provides a bit of time out before Christmas, Michele says.

They are encouraging bosses to let people have the afternoon off to support the local charities involved.

Rotorua Mountain Bike Club president Mathew Hunt says it is great being able to receive money from the event, which will go towards their First Response Unit that works in the forest like a ski or surf patrol.

He says the money will help them with operational costs and keeping the service going.

Citizens Advice Bureau manager Jane Eynon-Richards says they are absolutely thrilled to be one of the charities.

She feels there is a misconception that the bureau is fully funded and they are not.

"To have this opportunity to get some extra funding is wonderful." She says it is exciting to be a part of the fundraiser and the money will go towards operational costs.

Tickets to the FUN'raiser are available from www.ticketmaster.co.nz HELPING OUT: FUND BENEFACTORS: Diabetes NZ (Rotorua) Children's Art House Parkinsons Central Plateau Kiwi Can Empowered Learning Trust Kimiora Community Trust Rotorua Mountain Bike Club Citizens Advice Bureau

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FUNDRAISING: (Back from left) David Jones, Don Gollan, Pauline Evans, Denyse Munroe, (Front from left) Rex Mevrick and Michele Weston are some of the event's organisers and supporters from Rotary Clubs. PHOTO/SUPPLIED

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