Raise A Glass Wine Tasting And Charity Auction A Hit


Over 150 wine enthusiasts flocked to the stunning Ascension Wine Estate in Matakana on 9 May for Warkworth Rotary Club’s Raise A Glass Wine Tasting and Charity Auction.

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The wine tasting from 3pm to 5pm gave attendees the opportunity to sample wines from more than 10 local wine growers before an exciting auction from 5.30pm.

Over 27 wine and non-wine action items went under the hammer on the night giving bidders the chance to battle it out for “one of a kind” or “last ever” bottles of wine and special experiences.

Top selling items on the night included a catered excursion on the Mahurangi River for up to 50 people which went for $2,650 and 3 bottles of 2010 Larose from Stonyridge Vineyard that sold for $1,050.

Warkworth Rotary Club president, Robin Dixon says the team was thrilled with the event which would not have been possible without the support of the local community.

“From our generous sponsors, Withers & Co, Webster Malcolm Law and New World Warkworth, to all of the wineries and organisations that donated fantastic auction items or came to sample wine at the event, we are incredibly grateful,” says Dixon. “We were so pleased to have so many people get behind the event and help make it a success with great money raised for our charity recipient.”

The event raised a much appreciated $10,000 for the Well Foundation, which is the official fundraising body of Waitemata District Health Board. The foundation will put the money towards a new $195,000 mobile health clinic which will visit early childhood centres, schools, community events, and many other communal areas within the Waitemata district right out to Kaukapakapa and Helensville.

The mobile clinic is focused on doing ear checks, general health check-ups, throat swabbing as part of the Rheumatic Fever Prevention Programme, and providing instant treatment where possible. Without this mobile service, many would miss out on getting the health care they need, often only ending up in hospital when their problem develops into something more serious.

Raise A Glass will return next year in May and with the organising committee already focused on planning, it promises to be bigger and better in 2016.

To be the first to know when tickets go on sale and keep up with new announcements, like the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RaiseAGlassMatakana.

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For more information and images please contact: Laura Stenberg on 09 484 6081 (DDI), 021 141 1861 (Mobile) or email laura@wellfoundation.org.nz

The Well Foundation is the official fundraising body for the Waitemata DHB, which operates North Shore and Waitakere hospitals and health services for Auckland’s North, West and Rodney communities. For more information, visit www.wellfoundation.org.nz.