Sign sale set to go
The signed Matamata pub sign that has generated worldwide attention will be up for auction on Friday.
Captain John Smit, Willem Alberts, Bakkies Botha and Butch James signed the New Zealand Community Trust sign that they admitted taking from Trac Sports Bar in late September when they passed through Matamata.
It will be listed on eBay on Friday, October 7 until Monday, October 17 and 100 per cent of the money raised will be donated to Pohlen Hospital.
Mr Smit has since
apologised for the incident which was meant to be merely a prank and was happy to put the sign up for auction.
Owner Gail Bailey said the bar had decided to list it from Friday because an auctioned item could only be listed on eBay for a maximum of 10 days. ‘‘This way the auction will last until after the semi-finals (October 15-16) are over,’’ Mrs Bailey said.
‘‘We hope we can raise a decent amount from the sign to give to Pohlen. I am happy with how this has turned out – it has definitely been a humorous situation. I have had the mickey taken out of me ever since I chased them.’’
Trac Sports Bar has had a long- standing relationship with Pohlen Hospital and supports it annually through a charity golf tournament backed by the trust to raise money for any new developments or renovations.
‘‘ Pohlen Hospital is such an important and valuable asset to our community. It is a very unique hospital and we are very lucky to have it here,’’ Mrs Bailey said.
‘‘Everyone in our community uses Pohlen so this way everyone benefits.’’
Funds raised through the auction will be put towards the $1.6 million upgrade that includes an additional clinic for Matamata Medical Centre, upgraded electrical and hot water system, develop- ment of a new wing project with six new en suite bedrooms, extra staff parking, upgraded maternity suites, refurbished lounge and an extended kitchen.
Pohlen Hospital chief executive Anton Turner said it was thrilled to be the recipient of the donation. ‘‘We are really appreciative of all the support from Tracs and it has been a continuous thing. It is amazing when people in the community step out to help us,’’ he said.
To find the listing on eBay on Friday morning either search, ‘‘ Springboks sign pub sign for charity’’, username ‘‘Tracsportsbar’’ or visit the Matamata Chronicle Facebook page for the link.
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