The Christchurch Charity fundraising lunch at Auckland fine dining institution Sid at The French Café has raised more than $122,000 for the victims of the March 15 terror attack.
The event held on Sunday 28 April, saw 140 guests enjoy a six-course lunch with canapés, served by the teams from Sidart, Cassia and Sid at The French Café.
All food, beverages, products and services including live and silent auction items were donated with all proceeds going via DineAid to Victim Support, to help the families affected by the attack.
The event was hosted by Sid and Chand Sahrawat, MC’d by Kerre McIvor and the live auction conducted by Nigel Shanks.
Areeb Taimoori, owner of popular Auckland eatery 1947 shared a moving account with guests of how the events had impacted him, his family and the lives of those who lost loves ones. Sid and Chand Sahrawat say their original target was to raise $100,000 and that they were overwhelmed with the support on the day.
“We felt so much love in the room yesterday. We really wanted to do something to show how much we care, even in a small way to show those whose lives will be impacted for years to come that we are united in their grief.
“Areeb’s account of where he was when he heard the news of the attack – and how he lost loved ones really reinforced to all of us how many people have been touched by this and we are truly humbled by all of the support we’ve had from the wider hospitality community to rally around this event.”
The event final tally was $122,245 which will be distributed by DineAid who has also been collecting in over 120 restaurants around the country for Christchurch Victim Support.