Funds raised from NZ food fair benefit charities

The Borneo Post - Thursday, 18 September 2003

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KUCHING: The month-long New Zealand food fair held in August at Ristorante Beccari, Merdeka Palace & Suites Hotel was considered a success by its organisers as it had achieved its objective of raising funds for local charitable organisations.

The charitable organisations which benefited from the fund-raising project were the Sarawak Thalassaemia Society, Sarawak Children's Cancer Society, Kidney Dialysis Centre, Lion's Nursing Home and the School for the Mentally Retarded Children (Perkata).

These organisations received RM3,000 each from the proceeds of ticket sales for the food fair.

Malaysia New Zealand Business Council chairman Alex Ting, on behalf of the food fair organising committee, presented the cheques to the representatives of these organisations at Restaurant Buckaroo yesterday.

Ting, who is one of the organisers of the event, said that due to the success of the food fair, the council would look into the possibility of turning the event into an annual affair.

Merdeka Palace Hotel & Suites general manager Edward Holloway said that during the food fair, which was held every Thursday night in August, no fewer than 100 people would turn up for it.

"It was a win-win situation for everybody as the charities received donations and the people contributing to the charities got to enjoy excellent New Zealand dishes in the process," he said.