Dinner for charity . . . Offering tickets for the Central Otago Dinner Club are (from left) organiser Russell Garbutt, Becs Wilson, of Otago Community Hospice, Marsha Wilson and Yvonne Malcolm, of Pioneer Energy. PHOTO: ALEXIA JOHNSTON


A new fundraiser for Otago Community Hospice will offer exclusive auction items, including a lap in an Aston Martin Vulcan and a jet plane flight.

Russell Garbutt, of Alexandra, has created the Central Otago Dinner Club as a way to raise funds for the hospice after the service looked after his wife three years ago.

The fundraiser will be hosted by Alexandra-based Pioneer Energy and will be held on Wednesday May 8 at Paulina’s Restaurant.

Broadcaster Jim Hopkins will be guest speaker at the three-course meal and auction.

Otago Community Hospice chief executive Ginny Green said the hospice had a fundraising target of $2.5million each year and relied upon the goodwill of the community to ensure free specialist palliative care.

“We have seen growth in patient numbers and complexity for our community team of four based in Cromwell, so it is wonderful to have volunteer fundraisers like Russell helping us out with enthusiasm, contacts and local knowledge.

“Russell has jumped into this dinner club boots and all, and even lined up the key sponsor Pioneer Energy,” she said.

Pioneer Energy chief financial officer Jonathan West said they were keen to come on board as supporters of the Dinner Club, recognising the vital service the hospice provides in the region.

“Hospice is the embodiment of giving back to the community and therefore we are proud to support this fundraising effort.”

For details and tickets contact or phone (03)440-0022 or 0508-363-749.Sports NewsNIKE AIR HUARACHE