• Cyclone Gabrielle fundraiser raises $27k

Cyclone Gabrielle fundraiser raises $27k

The Stewart Group Gala Night held last Saturday night and supported by Rotary, has raised $27,500 for the Hawke’s Bay Disaster Relief Fund.

The evening was held at Napier’s Old Church.

Stewart Group CEO Nick Stewart says the money raised will help Hawke’s Bay communities, individuals, families, community organisations and marae get funds for assistance to recover from the impacts of Cyclone Gabrielle.

“From the bottom of our hearts, we thank those in attendance and all those who donated prizes for the raffles and auctions.”

“Guests enjoyed a couple of wonderful operatic songs by multi-talented Stewart Group adviser Brent Allcock. Some guests such as local design consultant Alan Passchier were so kind as to have their winning item re-auctioned, so we could raise some additional funds.”

“This was a community effort, for a community-focused outcome. I would like to thank to the local legends and organisations who made this night not only possible, but special: Rotary, our MC Kevin Wagg (Property Brokers), Joe Snee for presiding as Auctioneer (Property Brokers), our wonderful musical talents Jarrod Carwood (pipes) and DJ Shane Hawkins (DJ4U), photographer Simon Cartwright, Kaye (Beaukayes) for the beautiful floral arrangements, and Orton Catering for not only supporting the event but also providing one of the Live Auction items. I would also offer a special thanks to our own front of house, Germaine Meeuws, who worked tirelessly to plan this event.”

Stewart says there is still a long road to recovery ahead of Hawke’s Bay.

“We also have an incredible community of resilient, kind people who would give the shirt off their back (in a fairly literal sense) to help their neighbours. These moments of aid may not be the end of the tunnel for some, but they’ll light the way until the end is in sight.”

All funds raised by the Stewart Group Gala Night will go to the Disaster Relief Trust.