The Rapid Relief Team served more than 500 meals

Breakfast boosts building fund

by Paul Campbell

Hunger pangs were sated with flair in Maungaturoto last Friday morning, all in the name of dementia unit fundraising, as townsfolk and visitors alike tucked into breakfast fare takeaways and sit-down meals.

At the centre of the event was the Rapid Relief Team, formed originally to provide food for workers in the event of a local emergency, which used the fundraising event for the town’s Riverside Rest Home dementia unit to hone its culinary skills.

“The Rapid Relief Team was simply magnificent, and served around 450 takeaway breakfast burgers and 80-odd sit-down meals, which has boosted the dementia coffers by $8,500,” said fundraising organiser Albie Paton.

“There’s more money to come from a raffle, with tickets still on sale, with some great prizes.”

Mr Paton noted that work on the dementia unit build of 14 beds units is now underway, but that fundraising needs to continue into the future to repay bank loans.

“We are in the planning stages to take the breakfast event to Mangawhai, and there are other plans too, including a Dahlias for Dementia comprehensive Kaipara gardens tour in February. In the meantime, I have raffle tickets available so give me a call at 027 494 9448.”