A day of polo in Tai Tapu on Saturday raised a record $40,000 for sick children and their families.
Now in its fourth year, more than 350 people attended "A Day at the Polo", an annual fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House South Island, held at the Port Hills Polo Club on Gilmours Rd.
The turnout was more than double that of the previous year, with 150 people attending in 2011.
A number of top players competed on the day, including Canterbury polo personality Dean Geddes.
The Tai Tapu dairy cattle breeder has been playing polo for 30 years, touring with the New Zealand team in 1998.
Mr Geddes and his wife Jo own the renowned Tahora Farm, with their Holstein Friesian herd regarded as one of the top pedigree herds in New Zealand.
He said last week he was looking forward to the fundraiser which has become an annual highlight.
"Ronald McDonald House South Island is one of the best charities around and it is just awesome to be able to support them. We are all really looking forward to it and it is always a great day."
Ronald McDonald House South Island provides a free home away from home and support to families who must travel to Christchurch for their child's hospital care.
Guests enjoyed a two course luncheon courtesy of Lincoln Hospitality, which provided all the catering free of charge in support of the fundraising event.
As well as a fundraising auction, there were also prizes for the Best Dressed Lady and Gent.