Cancer auction success

Although $42,000 was raised for the Child Cancer Foundation it was a speech by 12-year-old Lara Honeyfield that stole the show at a charity auction last week.

The youngster, who is best friends with foundation poster girl Emma Watson, shared her experience of befriending someone with cancer.

"There wasn't a dry eye in the audience," Emma's mother, Joanne, said.

Auction organiser Kris Rasmussen said Lara's speech was so moving someone even bought it from her for $500.

Rasmussen said the night out at The Mayfair last Friday had been a huge success and he was delighted with the amount raised for the foundation's Taranaki branch.

"There would have been about 170 people there and there was some hot bidding going on, which was good," he said.

A Professionals Real Estate sell your house for free package went for the highest price, at $7500, and a mobility scooter went for more than $4000, Rasmussen said.

"A chance to DJ at More FM for an hour and to be mayor for half a day went for quite a good price too," he said.

Joanne said it was a privilege to be part of the evening because what the foundation did with the money was incredible.

Joanne said a very high rate of children were diagnosed with cancer in and support was necessary so they could continue helping people.

"Often families are torn apart with one parent in hospital and the other at home looking after other children and the foundation just do really practical things to help out. The money also goes towards things like the beads of courage."

 - Taranaki Daily News

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