Getting soup from a stone


A Queenstown social group is calling on locals to get glammed up for a good cause. 

Big-hearted Lake Hayes Ladies – Cheryl Langford, Rachel Evans, Briana Pringle, Maree Wheeler, Jackie Rule, Megan Shallcrass and Julie Scott – have organised a black tie charity dinner, ball and auction on May 28 to raise funds for Christchurch quake victims. 

The event was scheduled to be held at Coronet Peak, but that has since fallen through, so the women are on the hunt for another venue. 

About 100 tickets have already been sold for the night, which the women hope will raise about $40,000. 

Dubbed ‘Soup from a Stone Charity Ball/Auction’, everything on the night – from food, catering and stellar entertainment – has been donated from a variety of sources so all proceeds go straight to the Red Cross. 

Kiwi funnyman Dai Henwood will be MC, with Arrowtown band Swamp Donkeys providing tunes. 

“Everyone’s just been so amazingly generous,” Shallcrass says. 

A long list of items going under the hammer – including the use of Peregrine Winery as a venue, a night at Mount Rosa Lodge and a Graham Brinsley painting – is still growing, she adds. 

Central Otago vino and a three-course dinner are included in the $145 ticket, which can be bought from Lakes District Museum, McCulloch and Partners or by emailing