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Saturday 10 October 2009

OUTLine bucket shakers raised over $3,000

Posted in: New Zealand Daily News
By Daily News Staff - 5th October 2009

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Money collected from Saturday night's OUTLine fundraising blitz of New Zealand's gay hotspots is still being counted, but can confirm that well over $3,000 was collected in the many buckets and boxes around the country.

Doing their bit: OUTLine October volunteers

Bucket-shaking volunteers were out in force on K' Road from 9pm on Saturday night, collecting from generous punters during a busy evening at the Naval & Family pub, Flirt women's night, Urge and Family bars. Patrons at the last night of Ponsonby Road's Dorothy's Sister bar were also happy to part with their loose change, and OUTLine boxes also collected cash from various cafes and all-male sex venues in Auckland.

The gay-friendly Auckland Community Church was particularly kind this weekend, giving a $500 cheque to OUTLine, plus another $223.40 in cash gathered from its congregation yesterday.

Meanwhile in Wellington, New Zealand's Next Top Model judge Colin Mathura-Jeffree joined the crew on stage at Club Ivy with an OUTLine bucket, as volunteers raised funds there, while on Cuba Street, more cash came in from the kind punters at S&M Cocktail Lounge. Other bar's around the country - including Rotorua's Shampers bar on its popular Mr. Gay Bay of Plenty night - also helped raise funds.


The total money raised for OUTLine NZ to help the LGBT phone support service get through its tough times currently stands at $13,137, but that amount is expected to rise significantly this week as more funds gathered at the weekend are confirmed.

As OUTLine October continues, several more fundraising events will be confirmed, including Sunday night parties at K' Road's Family bar, and a night of drag fun at Christchurch's Cruz bar/nightclub on Saturday 31 October. will feature more details of upcoming OUTLine October events as the month continues.

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