Silent auc­tion to sup­port project

North Taranaki Midweek - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - CHRISTINE WALSH

The ham­mer is set to go down in a bid to help the restora­tion project of New Zealand’s old­est stone church.

Come Au­gust 26, the Stop-In Op Shop is host­ing a silent auc­tion to raise funds for the Cathe­dral Project from 2pm - 5pm at the Peace Hall on Vi­vian Street.

In 2015 the the char­ity shop’s bian­nual fundrais­ing event raised about $2500 for the Taranaki Re­treat. This time around the Stop-In team de­cided to do­nate its pro­ceeds to the earth­quake strength­en­ing and re­mod­elling of the Taranaki Cathe­dral Church of St Mary’s of New Ply­mouth.

‘‘My goal is to get as much as the last auc­tion or more would be a bonus,’’ Stop-In’s Anne Street said.

Stop In has a team of about 40 vol­un­teers and for the past two years they had set aside some of the finer qual­ity items do­nated to their char­ity store in prepa­ra­tion for the auc­tion, Street said.

The re­sult of which is a trea­sure trove of quirky col­lecta­bles, English crock­ery, jew­ellery, pic­tures, books, toys and many more pris­tine items.

Among the spe­cial-in­ter­est items up for grabs are a vin­tage rock­ing chair and a se­lec­tion of an­tique baby gowns em­bel­lished with hand­made lace.

New items in the auc­tion in­clude a two-night stay at a clas­sic Kiwi bach at Ton­ga­porutu or lux­ury ac­com­mo­da­tion and break­fast for two at the Nice Bou­tique Ho­tel and Ta­ble restau­rant and jew­ellery do­nated by Brown­son Jewellers.

The Cathe­dral Project has a $15 mil­lion tar­get to reach for the 170-year-old stone ma­sonry church and to date donors had pledged ap­prox­i­mately $850,000 to­wards its restora­tion.

‘‘With our fundrais­ing cam­paign gain­ing mo­men­tum, it’s great that Stop In’ are go­ing to do­nate the pro­ceeds to the Cathe­dral Project,’’ said Jan Ma­son, cathe­dral project man­ager.

‘‘The chal­lenge is be­fore us, but we are com­mit­ted as to do noth­ing, is not an op­tion. With the help of the com­mu­nity and par­tic­u­larly peo­ple like the won­der­ful Stop In team, to­gether we will achieve our goal and the Cathe­dral will re­open with a new heart and vi­brancy for gen­er­a­tions to come.’’

The silent auc­tion is free en­try and do­nated goods would be grate­fully re­ceived at Stop-In or the Cathe­dral of­fice, be­tween 10am – 3pm.

‘‘The chal­lenge is be­fore us, but we are com­mit­ted as to do noth­ing, is not an op­tion’’

Jan Ma­son

CHRISTINE WALSH/ STUFF

Some of the team from the Stop-in Op-Shop, sit­ting down, Anne Street, from L to R Jemma Cole, Donna Fer­abend, and Pat Wood.

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