Regatta Platters
Some of the Regatta Platters available. Photo Supplied

The Cromwell Rowing club has come up with a unique and beautiful fundraising idea to enable their young rowers to compete at regattas.

The fund-raising team of rowing parents has enlisted the help of the Cromwell Menz Shed retired tradesmen, and the result is a series of bespoke platters made from the heady oak wine barrels of our region.

With the Menz Shed involved you can be sure that they are well made to last.

The pinot noir platters have a beautiful red stain that speaks of their history.

Rowing is a great opportunity for young people to utilise the lake, keep healthy and have fun in a team environment. Competing in regattas, however, comes with transport, accommodation and other costs, so fundraising is necessary.

“This is an exciting new fundraiser, which includes the whole club,” says coach and committee member Natalie Wilson.

“Kids, parents and the local community have been involved in creating these beautiful platters.

All the funds raised from the platters go back to the club and enable us to continue to provide opportunities for our rowers to grow, develop and enjoy this amazing sport.

Everyone gets something out of it.”

Young rower Hannah Dicey says that the whole team is grateful to everyone who has helped raise the funds, saying,

“Being able to compete in regattas gives us purpose – a goal to achieve.”

Platters range in size and price, and include full barrel lids, bearing the trademark of iconic Central Otago brands.

Jones’s fruit staff has an eye-catching display of the Regatta Platters.

They are also available at Guthrie Bowron, Forage Cafe, ITM, Dicey Wines and on-line on the Cromwell Buy-Sell Facebook page.

Those interested may also go to Cromwell Rowing Club Fundraiser page on Facebook.

So take the opportunity to buy a unique platter for yourself or a gift, while you help our local youth. Win win!