Jersey raises cash for City Mission

NICOLE MATHEWSON
Last updated 11:49 19/12/2012

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A signed All Black jersey being auctioned to help feed 650 Christchurch people on Christmas day has already raised more than $2600.

Bidding on the signed replica 2011 Rugby World Cup jersey was at $2610 this morning, with a day left to go.

The money would go towards the Christchurch City Mission's Christmas lunch fund, which expected to feed about 650 people on Christmas day.

Shilton and Brown demolition director Jim Shilton donated the jersey, which he had bought at an earlier charity event.

The Trade Me auction closes at 4pm tomorrow and the winner must pay for the jersey by Friday to ensure the funds can be used to buy supplies for the Christmas lunch.

Trade Me has waived its usual fees to ensure all of the funds go directly to the Mission.

Several other Christchurch contractors - Wards Demolition, Protranz Earthmoving and Ceres Environmental - are also raising funds for the Christchurch City Mission by dressing their equipment with Christmas decorations.

Their efforts can be viewed at the corner of Gloucester and Colombo streets, and Christchurch residents can give donations of food to New Zealand Defence Force staff at the nearby cordon office in exchange for being able to vote for their favourite here.

Tonight is the last night the equipment will be on display and as of this morning 276 people have voted online.

The winning contractor will be announced tomorrow, and The Press will donate up to $300 to match the number of votes made.

The rugby jersey auction, which closes at 4pm tomorrow, can be seen on TradeMe, under sports memorabilia, or here.

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