Purnong 2019 Longest Table dinner raises $5000 for Hospital Research Foundation

A Christmas in July dinner at Purnong has raised almost $5000 to benefit people battling breast and prostate cancers.

The Purnong District Hall committee organised the Longest Table dinner, in aid of the Hospital Research Foundation, on July 6.

More than 70 guests enjoyed a three-course meal of vegetable soup, roast turkey and beef, potatoes, pumpkin and vegetables with gravy, followed by a traditional Christmas pudding, made up of secret ingredients according to a committee member's family recipe and boiled in a muslin cloth.

The tables were decorated with fronds taken from nearby pine trees and finished with a few reused Christmas decorations.

For one fundraising game, table groups had to further decorate their centrepieces.

Other activities included a gold coin toss, where the thrower whose coin lands closest to a bottle of whiskey got to keep it; a raffle; and silent and live auctions.

It was the fifth year running the Purnong hall had hosted a Longest Table event, and hall committee chair Geoff Barber said each had been bigger and better than the last.

Tickets to the recent dinner sold out in only four days.

Mr Barber thanked the event's sponsors and volunteers - "without their dedication, this event would not be possible" - as well as everyone else who had contributed to the evening's success.

The $4930 raised will go to the Hospital Research Foundation, to be used for research into breast and prostate cancer and patient care.

The 2018 event was recognised as the best in the Mid Murray community at the council's Australia Day awards in January.

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