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by Greta Yeoman

Timaru residents are invited to glam up for a 1920s-themed fundraising dinner next week.

The Timaru Altrusa club is hosting a Roaring Twenties dinner on Thursday evening, complete with a ’20s-era menu, performances of the Charleston and vintage cars – all while fundraising for a good cause.

Timaru Altrusa president Raewyn Hutton said it would be the fourth fundraising dinner the group had hosted, following an Indian dinner which had raised funds for a former Timaru-based teacher in India and two other events which had put funds into a variety of community initiatives.

Mrs Hutton said the group had chosen to financially support Kiwi Can, which runs programmes across the country for primary school-aged Kiwi children, after two of the members had attended a talk by the Dingle Foundation, which supported the scheme.

She was then approached by Timaru teacher and Kiwi Can supporter Sarah Hutton (no relation) about giving a talk to the Altrusa group about Kiwi Can, which prompted them to select the charity to receive the dinner funds.

The event would run from 6-9pm and be held at the Southern Trust Event Centre on Morgans Rd.

The themed meal includes “drunken ham” and “swimming salmon”, Mrs Hutton said.

Performers from Julie Neill’s Dance Academy would perform the Charleston and other dances, with opportunity for audience participation, she said.

There would also be several 1920s cars parked in front of the venue at 5.30pm, so people could have photos taken with vintage cars, she said.

There would be a prize for the best-dressed woman and man.

Tickets for the Roaring Twenties dinner are still available from Fashion Focus, The Merino Story or Raewyn Hutton, by phoning (03) 686-3253.