Mas­sive char­ity auc­tion is on­line

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

One of the big­gest and cutest on­line char­ity auc­tions seen ever in New Zealand will be launched on Fe­bru­ary 22 – with around 800 items up for sale.

The Ev­ery Dog Has Its Day auc­tion, or­gan­ised by Bay­leys Real Es­tate, will raise money for the Royal New Zealand Foun­da­tion of the Blind’s Guide Dog Ser­vices.

The mas­sive auc­tion started on on sella. co. nz early on Fe­bru­ary 22.

Among the items for auc­tion are do­mes­tic hol­i­day and leisure pack­ages, sport­ing goods and mem­o­ra­bilia, elec­tri­cal and house­hold ap­pli­ances, jew­ellery, art­works, fash­ion cloth­ing and ap­parel, food and bev­er­age vouch­ers, the chance to meet New Zealand celebri­ties, en­ter­tain­ment and leisure at­trac­tion passes.

Many of items will have a $1 re­serve. There are hun­dreds of prod­ucts, goods and ser­vices sourced from the Far North to In­ver­cargill – to en­sure a truly na­tional flavour.

Among the items sourced by Bay­leys Waikato are:

Nitro-fill, wheel bal­ance and align­ment do­nated by Cap­i­tal Tyres Hamil­ton

$100 Dono­vans Ham­per do­nated by Dono­vans Choco­lates

Truck­load Perry Group

Hair­dress­ing by Pa­trick’s Hair­dress­ing

Ba­balot ten­nis rac­quet and one-hour ten­nis les­son with Bay­leys sales­per­son and NZ Ten­nis Coach of the Year 2001, David Cash­more

Rac­ing mem­o­ra­bilia do­nated by Lance O’Sullivan of Mata­mata

Royal New Zealand Foun­da­tion of the Blind chief ex­ec­u­tive San­dra Budd said the auc­tion would be a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to raise es­sen­tial funds for the guide dog ser­vices pro­gramme.

‘‘Thanks to the in­cred­i­ble work of Bay­leys’ staff and the gen­eros­ity of in­di­vid­u­als, busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions through­out the coun­try, the auc­tion is shap­ing up to be an ex­cit­ing event – with many great bar­gains and sought af­ter items on of­fer,’’ Ms Budd said.

Bay­leys man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Mike Bay­ley said staff had been work­ing tire­lessly on the am­bi­tious fundrais­ing cam­paign for the past four months –

of sand from mo­ti­vated by the de­sire to sup­port Guide Dog Ser­vices and be part of one of the big­gest on-line auc­tions ever in New Zealand.

‘‘ We founded the ex­e­cu­tion of this pro­ject on the adage that if a job’s worth do­ing then it’s worth do­ing well – in all re­spects,’’ Mr Bay­ley said.

‘‘ And for such an out­stand­ing cause it was easy to mo­ti­vate our staff and to per­suade hun­dreds of small busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als through­out New Zealand to con­trib­ute a huge ar­ray of auc­tion items.

‘‘I’d like to thank all those who sup­plied their goods and ser­vices for fel­low New Zealan­ders to bid on. With­out their gen­eros­ity and sup­port, this whole fan­tas­tic ex­er­cise would not have been pos­si­ble.

‘‘I can proudly state that the auc­tion cat­a­logue con­tains some­thing for ev­ery­one,’’ Mr Bay­ley said.

Bay­leys has been the prin­ci­pal spon­sor Guide Dog Ser­vices since 2004 – gen­er­at­ing $ 2mil­lion for the or­gan­i­sa­tion al­ready. This fund­ing has been used to raise and train 85 pup­pies.

The auc­tion runs un­til March 8.

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