Auction returns for guide dog training

GERMARI HERSELMAN
Last updated 09:26 15/05/2014
 Owen Dodson
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RAISING FUNDS: Marlborough Helicopters director Owen Dodson, centre, has donated a scenic flight to the Great Guide Dog Online Auction. Bayleys director Glenn Dick, left, agent Claire Lindqvist and the rest of the agency are promoting the auction.

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Bayleys Blenheim are encouraging people to put their best paw forward to support the Great Guide Dog Online Auction.

Almost 1000 items will be auctioned on TradeMe and the proceeds will go towards raising and training Blind Foundation guide dogs puppies.

Bayleys Marlborough director Glenn Dick said each of the 29 employees at the Blenheim office arranged to have at least one item donated for the auction. "It is an annual charity event for us to raise funds for the guide dogs nationally, our team in Blenheim are proud to be a part of it. We hope the community would support us again this year - they have been amazing in the past and helped us make a difference."

The items up for auction include celebrity encounters, shopping vouchers, advertising packages, accommodation vouchers and scenic flights and boat trips.

The auctions are open for two weeks; some close on May 20 and the rest on May 23.

To find the auction, type "Great Guide Dog Online Auction" into the search bar on the TradeMe home page.

Marlborough Helicopters are one of more than two dozen Marlborough companies that stepped forward and donated.

Marlborough Helicopters managing director Owen Dodson said he had donated a 12 minute scenic flight over the Wither Hills and Blenheim with views of the east coast, Mt Tapuaenuku and the Awatere Valley.

"It is for a great cause, so we are happy to be involved and look forward to taking the lucky bidder out on a great flight," he said.

germari.herselman@mex.co.nz

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