Triple auc­tion funds suite

Com­mu­nity urged to do­nate goods and bid hard

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By CHE BAKER

The Lions and Ro­tary Clubs of Wanaka, Cromwell and Alexan­dra are join­ing forces in a bid to raise $150,000 for the CT scan­ner suite at Dun­stan Hospi­tal by host­ing a Mam­moth Char­ity Sale and Auc­tion. In­di­vid­ual sales and auc­tions will be held in the three towns at the same time on Fe­bru­ary 16 in an at­tempt to raise the funds. Cromwell Lions Club pres­i­dent Wayne Col­lie said those want­ing to help out with the cause can do­nate qual­ity goods for the sale or take part by bid­ding and buy­ing items. Any­thing that could be sold in the auc­tion, such as goods or ser­vices, were be­ing sought, ex­cept for elec­tri­cal items. The groups de­cided to band to­gether for the cause be­cause ‘‘such a large amount of money was needed and needed quickly’’, Mr Col­lie said. So far three car deal­er­ships in Alexan­dra and Cromwell had do­nated ve­hi­cles at a ‘‘low re­serve price’’ to be sold, he said. A to­tal of $250,000 was needed to build the suite to house the $1 mil­lion scan­ner, but $100,000 had al­ready been pledged by the Friends of Dun­stan Hospi­tal char­ity. The CT scan­ner, which was be­ing built to or­der, was ex­pected to "go live" for ser­vice in April.

Photo: GEMMAMARTIN

What: The Mam­moth Char­ity Sale and Auc­tion When: Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 16, 10am - 4pm with auc­tion at 1pm. Where: Sta­dium Tav­ern in Alexan­dra, Cromwell Race­course in Cromwell and the Cliff Wil­son Build­ing in Wanaka. Fundraiser: Paul Check­etts, of Ro­tary, and Bill Currie, of Currie Mo­tors, with a Toy­ota Yaris that will be auc­tioned in a bid to raise money for the CT scan­ner suite at Dun­stan Hospi­tal. The prin­ci­pal spon­sors of the car areGWD Mo­tor Group and Currie Mo­tors.

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