Auction raises $32k for charity

SARAH MACKENZIE
Last updated 12:42 09/11/2012
Charlotte Goodall
SARAH MACKENZIE
Blown away: Charlotte Goodall, minus her locks, and Nathan Martin are thrilled with the way about 100 supporters got behind a charity dinner and live auction.
Hilton McCullough
Prized art: Hilton McCullough’s painting raised $1200 for charity when it was auctioned at the fund-raiser at Les Mills Hutt City.

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Charlotte Goodall isn't just all in for charity, she's all off. At least her hair is.

"It was mid-way down my back and I was going to grow it out, but I was like ‘what the hell, let's just shave it off'."

she says.

The 25-year-old Les Mills staff member was keen to do her bit for the charity dinner and live auction on November 3.

"I couldn't donate much money so I thought, ‘how can I give?'. Lots of people [with cancer] lose more than just their hair, so I was quite happy to do it," Charlotte says.

Her effort contributed $2700 to the grand total of more than $32,000 raised in the classroom of Les Mills Hutt City on the night, with the proceeds to be split between the Child Cancer Foundation and The Martin Charitable Trust, which supports medical, social and children’s charities.

Trust co-founder and the organiser of the event, Nathan Martin, said three head shaves, the live auction, performances from local children and the unusual venue combined to make the night a huge success.

"It far exceeded our expectations and I was blown away by the support everyone showed," Nathan says.

Nathan and his wife Rose established the trust this year to help under-privileged children and schools in the Hutt Valley by providing sporting equipment to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle.

"Now that we've got some funds, we can go and create some stories and change some people's lives, and that's really exciting," Nathan said.

He has personal links to the work of the Child Cancer Foundation in the Hutt, as the son of close friends who live in Stokes Valley is battling leukemia. Hilton McCullough's painting of a forest was auctioned event, raising $1200.

Nathan believes that's a record for an artwork by a youngster associated with the Child Cancer Foundation.

"He was smiling the whole night."

The trust hopes to make the charity dinner and live auction an annual event.

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