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All Blacks items star in auction

SIMON SMITH
Last updated 16:26 07/11/2012
Shane Carbery
PLEASE HELP: Shane Carbery with wife Allie and children Amy, 16, and Luke, 14. Shane has been diagnosed with motor neuron disease with only months to live. His friends are organising a fundraiser.
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HEFTY DONATION: Sir Peter Leitch ‘‘The Mad Butcher’’ has donated this All Blacks jersey, worth about $3,000.

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Two valuable All Black jerseys are among a host of donated goods to be auctioned off to raise money to help Shane Carbery.

The former Highland Park resident has been diagnosed with motor neuron disease and has been given only a year to 18 months to live.

He now lives in Australia and is not covered by their public health system, so his friends are trying to raise $50,000 so his wife Allie can give up work to care for him.

Family friend Lisa Clark says she believes the Carbery family can not move back to New Zealand as they have to think of the future and cannot quickly sell their Aussie business.

To be auctioned on Sunday are a 1999 All Black jersey donated by Basalt Restaurant and Bar in Howick as well as a signed 2012 Warriors ball and signed 2012 All Black jersey donated by Sir Peter Leitch.

Some of the other myriad of items are a $3,500 website package, $400 fishing trip, $449 Samsung Galaxy Ace, $799 coffee machine, table barbeque, $1,000 of garden earthworks, artworks and jars of Marmite.

Lisa has known 43-year-old Shane since he worked at Three Brothers Building Centre with her about 15 years ago.

''He's just a really jolly guy full of life, and friends to everyone,'' she says.

The diagnosis has come as a double shock to those who work at the Panmure company as Shane's best friend who also worked there died of an aneurysm six years ago.

''They were best friends, so it's been a double hit for us losing two really close work mates.''

The Shanes Paragon Fundraiser Auction is at the Bucklands Beach Community Hall at 48 The Parade, Bucklands Beach on November 11 from 3pm-6pm. Entry costs $10 for adults. For a list of auction items, more information, or to donate items to auction go to facebook.com/ShanesParagon or call Kelly Lloyd on 021 175 8897.

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- Eastern Courier

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