Celebrity chefs and poet set to shine at local fundraiser

High profile local chef Peter Kuruvita. Photo: Ian Waldie

High profile local chefs Peter Kuruvita and Adriano Zumbo and internationally regarded poet Rupert McCall will come out to shine at a special fundraising Gala dinner Under the Stars to support the future re-building of the Peregian Beach Surf Life Saving Club.

The event, on Saturday 11 September, is the brainchild of two locals; founder and Vice President of Peregian resident’s association Peregian Family and Friends Inc Leigh McCready and Christine Mackay from Key Elements.

This year will be the second annual Spirit of Peregian fundraiser held at Peregian, with last year’s event raising $32,000 for the Verrierdale Rural Fire Brigade.

Leigh and Christine first worked together at the Sheraton Noosa back in 2006 and the pair recently reunited to create September’s iconic event to support an important community initiative which will benefit future generations of locals and visitors.

“Two years ago, fires swept through our Peregian community and if it wasn’t for the hard work of our emergency services crews, lives, livelihoods and homes would have been lost,” Leigh said.

“Since then, Peregian Family and Friends has raised funds for the heroic work of the Rural Fire Brigade and this year’s efforts will be directed to the future re-building of the Peregian Beach Surf Life Saving Club.

“We are beyond thrilled to have renowned poet Rupert McCall attend the evening which coincides with the 20th anniversary of September 11.

“If it wasn’t for Covid, Rupert would have been in America to mark the occasion with his friends at the New York Fire Brigade so it’s such a privilege to have him with us and I have no doubt that Rupert’s moving poem ‘A Firefighter’s Dream’ will be a highlight of the night.”

Noosa Beach House executive chef Peter Kuruvita well remembers the 2019 bushfires and was quick to jump in and lend his support to the gala dinner.

“None of us will forget the 2019 bushfires, it was incredible to see not only how vulnerable our community could be to natural disaster, but also the amazing strength of the emergency services and community to pull together and support one another,” Peter said.

“Being part of a seaside town, there is no better home for this community spirit than the local surf club. From housing our volunteer lifesavers to teaching water safety to our youth and as a home for community events.

“I am proud to be involved in promoting the future of Peregian Beach SLSC for the generations to come.”

The event will take place in stunning tipis kindly sponsored by local company Tipi Luxe and commences at 4.30pm.

Tickets are available from $280 per person which includes specially curated canapes and a three course meal by Peter Kuruvita and Adriano Zumbo as well as live music and Rupert McCall as MC.

Tickets can be purchased at events.humanitix.com/spirit-of-peregian

If Covid interferes, refunds will be available and the event will be postponed.