Queenstown digs deep for stricken foreigners


Residents of the Wakatipu are digging deep for stricken foreigners.

Queenstown Rotary is sending four ShelterBoxes – with shelter and basic needs – to the typhoon-hit Philippines.

Queenstown Rotary president Peter Laurenson says Rotary funded the $1500-a-pop ShelterBoxes – volunteers spent last Friday and Saturday at New World to raise donations to cover it. They raised more than $3500 to help cover costs.

A separate Philippines quiz fundraiser at Lone Star last Friday raised $1300. Local Dani Ingle ran it with Remarkables Physios’ Charlotte Annice as quizmaster.

Ingle has also sorted a raffle – tickets are $5 and can be bought at givealittle.co.nz/cause/lovephilippines. To enter, click on ‘Donate now’ and write ‘raffle’ plus your name and number in the comment section.

Third gets $50 Pog Mahones and $30 Hamills vouchers, second wins a $100 Eichardt’s Private Hotel and Bar voucher and two QT Watersport hires. The winner gets Skyline luge rides, a one-month Fight Science gym membership, a Babysitting Queenstown voucher, a Cutting Edge haircut and treatment, $50 of Vodafone time, wine donated by Azur lodge, Sandy McInally at Harcourts, Laura Ellis, Nyree McInally and Surreal – plus vouchers from Debajo ($50), Boiler Room ($50), Botswana Butchery ($100), Sombreros ($100), Bella Cucina ($80) and Ballarat ($75). It’ll be drawn on Sunday.

Also, Queenstowner Geminy Maw is fundraising for a fresh water supply for a school and orphanage in Uganda.

Maw, inspired by her late grandmother who was awarded an MBE for her work with destitute children in Uganda, needs $7540 to build a borehole at the school/orphanage.

There’s a note donation entry to 1876 DJ sets next Wednesday and December 18 and a Latino party at Brazz on Saturday next week. On December 13 she’ll sell jewellery at the Queenstown Arts Centre. On December 21 a relay swim in Queenstown Bay is being held.