Suit up in the name of charity

Winton Rotary Club president John Hay (left) with club and Southland Charity Hospital board member Chris Menzies. Photo: Supplied

FROM whisky tasting to exquisite food, guest speakers and more, the Winton Rotary Club is gearing up for what is set to be an evening of fun and entertainment in the name of charity.

Southlanders were encouraged to get their best kit on and suit up for a charity dinner on Friday, February 19, at the Winton Memorial Hall.

All of the proceeds would be donated to the Southland Charity Hospital.

The hospital development was instigated by Winton resident Melissa Vining and her late husband, Blair, in September 2019.

Mr Vining received a terminal bowel cancer diagnosis in 2018 and died about a year later.

He fought for better healthcare access in the south, garnering national attention, and was the driving force in the creation of the Southland Charity Hospital Trust.

Winton Rotary Club president John Hay said the purpose was to support the Vining family on their mission to provide a service which was “clearly” missing.

“Blair and Missy had a vision, them and their family are a part of our community.”

The hall could host up to 250 people and the goal was to make it a sell-out event, he said.

Cardrona Whisky tasting would be available for guests on arrival, as well as champagne and an array of canape boards.

A decadent meal would follow and attendees would be treated to live music and an auction.

Guest speaker and international rugby referee Craig Joubert would also make a special appearance.

Mr Hay said the aim was to raise more than $30,000 and hand the entire cheque over to the charity hospital.

“We want to put on a great night and raise as much money as possible.

“It’s a chance to put on your number ones and be treated to a lovely evening.”

The club was very active when it came to serving its township and community, he said.

“At the end of the day, the Southland Charity Hospital could benefit us all.”