Purple fundraising event a big HELP
An event to raise money to support survivors of sexual abuse has been deemed a great success after clocking up more than $30,000.
This month’s Colour Me Purple fundraising event raised money for HELP, a service that has supported survivors of sexual abuse for the last three decades.
Guests attended the event dressed in purple and were treated to performances that included Chris Olwage’s Black Swan routine which was made famous on New Zealand’s Got Talent.
There was also a silent auction and a live auction where goods under the hammer included a Shortland Street tour, a ride in a police helicopter and a styling session at Annah Stretton.
Minister Paula Bennett, who took over ministerial responsibility for the sexual violence sector in February, attended the event.
Ms Bennett put herself on the auction block with promises of a morning tea and a bottle of wine signed by Prime Minister John Key.
She also placed the winning bid on breakfast with comedienne Urzila Carlson.
Proceeds from the event go directly towards the provision of HELP’s specialised services, including 24/7 crisis services, youth therapy programmes and child and family therapy.
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Help: Mr Gay NZ Chris Olwage performed his Black Swan routine as part of the Colour Me Purple fundraiser.