Rotary auction success
Timaru Rotary Club's charity auction has beaten expectations, raising $33,000 on Friday night.
Club president Tony Henderson said the auction was a roaring success, climbing above the $24,000 it was predicted to make.
"Despite the tough economic times the final amount . . . raised on the night was $33,000 . . ."
During the past decade the club's auctions have raised more than $300,000, which has been donated to groups such as the Guide Dog Foundation, Cure Kids, Kiwi Can, South Canterbury Hospice, Defibrillator project, Timaru Roller Skating Rink, CBay and the MRI scanner appeal.
"Because we receive so much support from sponsors, we are able to cover the cost of overheads and every dollar that is spent at the auction goes to the charities”.
A total of 120 items were auctioned on Friday night. Some of the more unusual items sold included a flight over Timaru in an L29 jet trainer aircraft for $2500, dinner for two at Bellamy's hosted by Rangitata MP Jo Goodhew, and the purchase of five emergency shelterboxes used during natural disasters throughout the world.
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