Sul­li­van do­nates beloved book

Marlborough Express - The Saturday Express, Marlborough - - WHAT’S ON - PAULA HULBURT

It was his favourite book as a small child but Olympic gold medal win­ner Joseph Sul­li­van is part­ing with its well­worn pages for a good cause.

The Amer­ica’s Cup crew­man from Emi­rates Team New Zealand is join­ing other high pro­file ath­letes to help out the Women’s Refuge.

The 31-year-old, who be­came ‘‘the pride of Pic­ton’’ after lift­ing gold at the 2012 Olympics in London for row­ing, has do­nated a signed copy of his favourite child­hood book, Spot Goes To the Farm to the ‘I Got Your Back Pack Char­ity Book Auc­tion’.

All prof­its raised will help pro­vide back­packs filled with prac­ti­cal and es­sen­tial items to women and chil­dren who use Women’s Refuges across New Zealand.

Joseph joins other no­table ath­letes in­clud­ing dou­ble Olympic gold medal­list row­ers Eric Mur­ray, Caro­line Meyer and Ge­orgina Earl, ca­noeist Lisa Car­ring­ton and triple Olympic medal­list Barbara Ken­dall.

More than 15 celebri­ties have con­trib­uted signed books to raise money for the char­ity, in­clud­ing well-known Kiwi per­son­al­i­ties such as ‘‘How to Dad’’ cre­ator Jor­dan Wat­son and co­me­dian Jaquie Brown.

Spot fol­lows the ad­ven­tures of a puppy of the same name and was writ­ten by Eric Hill.

The Trade Me auc­tion runs from Sun­day to July 16 in con­junc­tion with toy and book box com­pany Nur­ture Box who are do­nat­ing three boxes of books to the auc­tion.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion visit Nur­ture Box Celebrity Book Auc­tion.

Joseph Sul­li­van

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