Pur­ple fundrais­ing event a big HELP

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.

Photo: LAWRENCE SMITH

Go to auck­land­c­i­ty­har­bour news.co.nz and click on Lat­est Edi­tion to see Chris Ol­wage per­form on

Help: Mr Gay NZ Chris Ol­wage per­formed his Black Swan rou­tine as part of the Colour Me Pur­ple fundraiser.

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