Coastal Charity Ball raised $2000 for Monday Meals

20 Jul 2021

The organisers of Whitianga’s first Coastal Charity Ball say they were overwhelmed by the response from the local community.

Kathleen Conaghan, Janetta Wain and Leonie Flower, friends who met through a love of dance, came together to organise the event at the Whitianga Town Hall on 26 June, raising $2,000 for the Monday Meals service provided by the Mercury Bay Community Support Trust (MBCST). “The support was just fabulous, we were absolutely blown away,” said Kathleen. 

As well as thanking all those who purchased tickets and assisted with the planning, the organising team said they wanted to acknowledge the following people and businesses for their contributions - The Mercury Bay Informer, Thames-Coromandel District Council, Pinkies, The Glass House Emporium, Guthrie Bowron Whitianga, Ellars Graphics, CFM, Kathleen and Kelvin Conaghan, Autopoint Whitianga, Countdown Whitianga, Liz and Mike Sims, Mercury Bay Pharmacy and Stephensons Unichem Pharmacy.

MBCST trustee, Maureen Kerr, who coordinates Monday Meals, says 70 people are currently using the service each week. “The need is out there, whether it is people who are in hardship or people who have been unwell, anyone is welcome to come and get some food, we don’t make any judgements or ask questions,” she says. “We are here to help.” 

The meals, which are prepared locally, are available to collect free of charge every Monday from 3:00pm at St Andrew’s Community Church, on the corner of Albert and Owen Streets. “If you haven’t received a meal before, just pop along on a Monday and we’ll look after you,” says Maureen. “We are so grateful for all the support we receive and the event that these ladies put on was just fabulous, the way they transformed the hall was just incredible.”

Kathleen, Janetta and Leonie are already planning a similar event for next winter, but with a new theme. “It will be the ‘Coastal Christmas Charity Ball’ and we’ve got lots of great ideas that we are looking forward to sharing with everyone when the time comes,” says Kathleen.

Pictured: Janetta Wain (on the left) and Kathleen Conaghan (on the right), tow of the Coastal Charity Ball organisers, with Maureen Kerr from the Mercury Bay Community Support Trust.