A signed rugby boot belonging to All Black Dan Carter has raised $1000 for charity.
Carter's kicking shoe was discovered in a bag dropped off at Hibiscus Hospice's Orewa store for its annual Give It Up campaign, and later auctioned on Trade Me.
It sold to bidder willie-20 whose winning bid held since last Saturday and was $100 more than the next biggest offer.
The mystery donor of Carter's custom-made boot is Target TV host Brooke Howard-Smith.
Hospice had been on a Cinderella-style hunt to uncover the good Samaritan responsible for the donation and Mr Howard-Smith revealed he was the donor.
However, he says it was Carter's generosity, not his.
The boot was originally given away by Carter to raise money for Christchurch after the earthquakes. But time constraints meant the left boot never made it to auction.
Mr Howard-Smith says he had been waiting for a good cause and the shoe fitted perfectly with hospice.
"Most people dealing with life-threatening illness charities will run into hospice and they're incredible."
Carter's boot arrived at the hospice shop with an anonymous note: "Dan Carter wore this boot in the 2011 season. Don't sell it for $5! Hope it finds a good home."
The campaign finishes on August 31. Visit giveitup. co.nz for details.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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