Mystery dining event raises $42k

Anneke and Jason Kawau along with Jason Rutledge enjoy an evening out at the Supper Club which was held in Invercargill last month to raise money for the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Southland Hospital. Photo: Supplied

AN evening of wining and dining saw $42,000 raised for the Ronald McDonald Family Room, Southland Hospital.

Ronald McDonald House South Island chief executive Mandy Kennedy said after events were cancelled in 2020 due to Covid-19, the organisation was grateful to be able to bring back the unique dining experience this year.

“We are so incredibly thankful to Alliance Group, the venues, caterers and chefs, as well as each and every sponsor, auction donor, volunteer and guest who made the Invercargill Supper Club… such a success.”

Guests enjoyed a mystery dining experience which saw them dining at exclusive venues such as in the window display of H&J Smith department store, on stage at the Civic Theatre and at The Church 1914.

Before departing for their mystery dining experience, guests heard from Kat Moses who stayed at the family room when her son Bodhi was born prematurely.

“I was a huge supporter of this charity before, but after my six weeks stay, I cannot even put into words how much respect and love I have for Ronald McDonald House South Island. I think it should be renamed the Ronald McDonald Home because it was so much more than a house,” Ms Moses said.