The Christmas Spirit from the Invercargill Workingmen’s Club

9 January 2019

Just before Christmas the Invercargill Workingmen’s Club donated nearly $7,000 and a stage full of presents to the Invercargill Women’s Refuge to assist those families whose Christmas is not what it should have been.

So, how did this all come about you ask? Well it was the brainchild of our current President wife, Cindy Kennedy, who wanted the Club to do something special that was not tied directly to a “Club activity”. So, together with her daughter, Emma, the Kennedy’s created a Give-a-little page, organised an event in our function centre, which was a Christmas Bazaar, and talked to locals about a different type of fundraiser.

The response they got blew them away. A member of our Club donated his time (and resources) to hand build a sleigh and reindeer for the presents to be displayed. From the moment the sleigh was on display, members of this Club, the local community and businesses jumped on board with presents and cash donations.

Local businesses rallied to get a chance in the Christmas Bazaar, to the point that, unfortunately, Cindy and Emma had to decline offers as there were so many businesses and not enough space – that’s even though our function centre has a capacity of 1000 people!

To the local community, the Invercargill Workingmen’s Club wishes to express a big thank you for the support for this event. It shows that the Christmas spirit is well and truly alive in the deep south.

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