Auction a family do
A cattle stop to a compressor, a lathe to an electric organ and a whole host of other items are on offer at the Roxburgh racecourse from 11am on Sunday July 14. In a first joined effort between the Roxburgh and Districts Lions and Rotary Clubs, the auction is a fundraiser for the Dunstan Hospital Scanner Appeal. Just how many items will be sold is as yet unknown as people have the opportunity to deliver goods to the racecourse from 10am on Saturday without having first registered they are coming. ‘‘We hope to have started cataloguing some of the items early this week,’’ Lions spokesperson Tom Welsh said. ‘‘I have a list, and I know several other people have quite a bit on their lists as well. I have to clear out a deceased estate’s workshop on Friday and it will all be added to the sale and there are some good tools amongst that.’’ Few items have reserves so there will undoubtedly be some bargains to be had, and many are being fully donated instead of the 10 percent commission being charged, so a healthy total is possible. Gates will open at 9am on Sunday giving two hours prior to the auction to check out what is on offer. There will be activities to keep the children amused and plenty of food available while the auction is going on. A sulky race with a chance to win big money will be held at the end of the auction about 2.30pm.
Blessed: Area chaplain Reverend Reg Weeks, left, blesses Wakatipu St Johns’ new $280,000 ambulance, while Wakatipu area committee chairman Marty Black and South Island region senior order member Ian Rae, far right, look on. At the blessing ceremony Delta cable joiner Troy Brazier presented St Johns with a $5000 cheque, which will fund about three months worth of fuel for the St Johns community shuttle. The shuttle ferries Queenstown patients needing treatment to Invercargill’s Southland Hospital.