Dinner Gives Esther Honey a Hand

NZ High Commission & Hash House Harriers hold fundraiser for Esther Honey Founda

NZ High Commission & Hash House Harriers hold fundraiser for Esther Honey Foundation

Cook Islands News
25 June 2013

 A pot luck BBQ dinner fundraiser to provide cash injection for the Esther Honey Foundation was held on Saturday night at the NZ High Commission residence with the help of the Rarotonga Hash Harriers, Hussies and Hoffspring.

The evening, the idea of Leoni Carter, wife of NZ High Commissioner to the Cook Islands, John Carter, aimed to raise some much-needed extra cash for the work of Esther Honey and some provisions for them and the animals.

The Esther Honey Foundation is a United States non-profit organisation and a Cook Islands registered (charitable) foreign enterprise.

It aims to deliver a permanent and compassionate solution to the over-population of South Pacific island dogs and cats with affordable, high quality veterinary services. It has an emphasis on spaying/neutering and humane education.

The foundation’s services are provided at no charge but rely on donations for funding from the wider community.

Around 60 guests attended the evening and had a great time with a total of $450 raised.

Hash House Harriers supplied a big glass jar containing bottle tops costing guests $1 a guess as to how many it could hold. John Koteka, who was not present on the night, won the competition with a guess of 850 bottle caps.

The correct number was in fact 853. Koteka’s prize for having the closest guess was free beer at a Hash House Harriers run.

On the night, guests also brought along cans of dog and cat food, old towels and newspapers, as well as treats for the volunteers and supporters of EHF. These people were also shouted a good meal, wine and good company Leonie Carter says. – Release/Ross McCullough