THE Invercargill Christian Centre mission team has raised $4000 through a pie fundraiser to put towards Christmas boxes for families in need.
The group set up a pie baking and pie throwing competition which was hosted at the Invercargill Christian Centre last Sunday.
Senior leader and pastor Dayle Wright said contestants competed for two trophies in the pie baking contest which included a man pie and a sweet pie category.
There were 16 contestants who entered the man pie category and 12 pies entered for the sweet pie category.
Pies were auctioned by Cameron Richardson and judges Danny Perkins, Joshua Nimmo and Lauren Richardson were there to decide the winners.
Desmond Olson topped the man pie category with his buffalo blue cheese chicken pie which was auctioned for $200.
‘‘Desmond had never cooked a pie in his life but he was up at 4am preparing his buffalo blue cheese chicken pie,’’ Mrs Wright said.
The event raised awareness of poverty within the region and provided an opportunity to be generous, she said.
‘‘We had a lot of laughs on the night and that was one of our main aims, but overall we wanted to open people’s eyes to the real need of those around us, because a lot of us don’t
The mission team will partner with Life Church Auckland and proceeds raised would go towards the purchase of non-perishable items for the Christmas Boxes organisation.
The Jubilee Trust will then distribute the boxes to families who were in need.