Tours of top homes will help pay for life­sav­ing equip­ment

Central Leader - - News -

Some of Auck­land’s most stun­ning and gra­cious homes will be on view this Novem­ber to help re­duce brain dam­age in ba­bies at Starship hospi­tal.

The Christ­mas Cracker House Tour fea­tures more than 10 homes in the Herne Bay and Whit­ford ar­eas.

Funds raised from the tour will go to­wards two New Zealand pi­o­neered head-cool­ing caps, cost­ing $75,000 each.

The caps will be used in the neona­tal in­ten­sive care unit at Starship.

“Auck­lan­ders will be able to take a look at some of the city’s most stun­ning ru­ral and ur­ban homes and help us re­duce brain dam­age in ba­bies at the same time,” says Starship Foun­da­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drew Young.

Friends of Starship, a vol­un­teer-based or­gan­i­sa­tion, has put to­gether the sev­enth an­nual house tour which has raised more than $3.5 mil­lion over the years for Starship.

The self-drive tour is spon­sored by Bar­foot & Thomp­son and sup­ported by in­te­rior de­sign­ers and florists who will cre­ate a Christ­mas theme in each home.

Raf­fles and si­lent auc­tions will also be held dur­ing the tours.

The Herne Bay Twi­light Tour on Novem­ber 6 is an evening of Christ­mas cheer with a mix­ture of beau­ti­ful mod­ern and clas­si­cal homes in the area.

The Whit­ford tour fea­tures coun­try homes, in­clud­ing es­tates, land­scaped gar­dens and mod­ern art hide­aways.

For ticket in­for­ma­tion go to www.tick­et­mas­ter.co.nz or call 970-9700.

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