Cheers for the beers and the dollars

The Havelock Volunteer Fire Brigade has received more than $200 following a fundraiser night on Friday at Lennys on Main Irish Pub and Cafe.

Pub owners Lenny Bland and Marama Montgomery hosted the Havelock Firestation Fundraising Evening as part of plans to hold fundraising events for three non-profit organisations around Marlborough each month.

The plan to give the fire brigade $1 from every beer bought on the night brightened when the pub sold 177 beers and collected $50 in tips, leaving the crew with $227, he said.

The couple had organised a canned goods night for the Marlborough Food Bank at the beginning of the month, when patrons were given a beer in exchange for two cans of food, Ms Montgomery said.

The proceeds from a gold coin donation collection on Tuesday next week would go to the Havelock Library, and get patrons their first drink at half price, rounding up the pub’s final fundraiser for the month.

“We try to do everything we can for the community,” Ms Montgomery said.

Havelock Volunteer Fire Brigade deputy chief fire officer Peter Le Cheminant said he happily agreed to the fundraiser when the couple contacted him, as the fire brigade always needed money for equipment.

A grant from the New Zealand Fire Service and significant donations from the Havelock community helped, but it still needed every dollar it could get, he said.

The Havelock Volunteer Fire Brigade were also looking for three new members, as there were now down to 13.

The fundraiser coincided with the farewell of firefighter George Grant, who is moving to Australia with his wife after 4 1/2 years’ service, Mr Le Cheminant said.

Mr Bland, who hails from Los Angeles, and Ms Montgomery, from Wellington, had been in Havelock for five months, and were attempting to build a relationship with their new community, they said.

The couple were living in the Historic Places Trust-listed Brownlee Homestead on Cook St, which they found along with the pub, formerly known as The Clansman, on TradeMe while they were living in Los Angeles.

The pub opened in December after an overhaul of its Scottish decor.

“There’s no more Scottish here anymore – we kicked them out because the Irish are more fun,” Mr Bland said.

Source: Sonia Beal,

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