Auction to bring smile back

Last updated 19:20 28/01/2014

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A walk-on role on TV show Shortland Street is among the lots to be auctioned in the hope of bringing a smile to the faces of children at Dunedin’s St Leonards School.

The kids lost their classmates Bradley Livingstone, 9, and his sister Ellen, 6, in a homicide earlier this month at the hands of their father, Edward Livingstone.

A group of former pupils from as far away as New York, as well as concerned members of the community, have banded together to create the Trade Me auction.

It will open tomorrow and has been named the St. Leonards Community Auction Store: Bringing back a smile.

It features more than 80 listings including a personalised portrait drawn by Dunedin caricature artist Murray Webb and a luxurious retreat for four at the Village Lake Apartments in Hanmer Springs.

Other items on offer include pieces of original art, an e-motion electric smart bike, a drive in a Porsche GT3 race car, and a cricket bat signed by the current Black Caps one-day squad.

Auction organiser Tim Foley said the group was blown away by the generosity of people donating items.

“Items have come in from businesses, sporting organisations and individuals - some with a personal connection to this small Dunedin community, but many with no other reason to donate outside of a compulsion to ‘do what they can’ and to lend aid to an appalling circumstance.’’

The auction closes on February 5. 

A colourful bike ride is also organised for this Sunday to help raise funds.

All proceeds will go towards creating a fun-filled day for the children of the community and a project, already being initiated by the school itself, to create a lasting memorial to the two children.

People wishing to bid tomorrow can visit:http://www.trademe.co.nz/stores/st-leonards-community-auctions


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