Silent auction to support project
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’’
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.