About 350 people packed into the Glenroy Auditorium, Dunedin, last night for a Supper Club Dunedin event that raised $137,000 for Ronald McDonald House.
Club co-ordinator and McDonald’s Dunedin office manager Annemarie Jorissen was “absolutely delighted” the amount raised almost matched the $138,000 made last year.
The money was raised through a “mystery dining experience” held at restaurants and other venues throughout the city last night, as well as two associated auctions.
At the Glenroy, Dunedin resident Sheryl Cawte praised Ronald McDonald House for its strong support for her daughter Mavis (16 months), when she needed open heart surgery at Starship Hospital, Auckland, last December, after being born with a heart defect.
Mrs Cawte was uncertain how she would have coped with the “financial and emotional stress” if she suddenly had to find somewhere to live in Auckland.
Ronald McDonald House provided free accommodation, “thanks to generous families, businesses and individuals, strangers” from around the country and their donations of “time, food, money to change other people’s lives”, she said.
Otago Daily Times