Ticket holders get the chance to access the best in architecture and interiors and taste mouth-watering finger food prepared onsite by superior Auckland’s chefs, at the same time contributing to a good cause.
The line-up of celebrity chefs include Stu Marsden of Woodpecker Hill, Dariush Lolaly and Rebecca Smidt from Cazador, Nic Watt of Masu, Javier Carmona of Mexico, Adrian Chilton from Burger Burger and Sarah Conway from Ponsonby Road Bistro. The latter has already been involved for three years and looks forward to being part of it again.
“It’s a heartbreaking scenario,” she said, “and one that struck a chord with us from the start. It’s lovely being able to help in our small way. The homes and the food are obviously great, but raising funds and awareness is the crux of what it’s all about.”
All the funds raised go to improving child cancer treatment and survival rates among children in the Pacific islands, and the renowned charity home tour has collected $250,000 over the past five years. New Zealand superstar chef and World Child Cancer ambassador Robert Oliver praised the efforts made so far by the event organiser, magazine Your Home & Garden.
“Until recently,” he underlined, “children in the Pacific who developed cancer had poor access to the treatments. The funds raised by Festive Home Tours are changing that, significantly improving outcomes for child cancer patients in these Pacific islands by funding vital medical training and a raft of other educational measures.” The upshot is particularly notable: three years ago the survival rates in Samoa, Tonga and Fiji used to be just 20 percent, whereas they lately reached 50 percent in Samoa.
Tickets cost $65 per person for the day session (10am-4pm) and $55 per person for the evening session (4-8pm). To get one, visit Ticketek.co.nz.