Party’s cash payoff

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A wildly successful function for long-time Queenstowners has had a big spin-off for a local social service provider.

Central Lakes Family Services (CLFS) has received $8516.30 from the proceeds of an inaugural locals’ knees-up, held in September, which attracted 575 registrations.

Aimed at those who’d arrived in town before 1990, it was the idea of local realtors Simon Hayes and Chris Campbell, who formed the Queenstown Community Carnival Association to run it.

It was sponsored and underwritten by local-based tourism giant Skyline Enterprises.

CLFS general manager Tina Mongston says the donation couldn’t have been better timed as her agency’s services are “really stretched” at the moment, while it’s also cost thousands to merge the former Queenstown Lakes Family Centre and Jigsaw Central Lakes.

Hayes and Campbell say they’ll definitely run another event.

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