Lions lodge mem­o­ra­bilia on of­fer

Un­wanted items to be auc­tioned

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

As the doors close on the Can­cer So­ci­ety’s old Lions Can­cer Lodge, a pub­lic auc­tion of mem­o­ra­bilia and other items is to be held on Fri­day.

The auc­tion, at 5pm, in­cludes an eclec­tic range of items such as beds, din­ing chairs and ta­bles, couches, ta­bles and ra­dios, along with an­tique fur­ni­ture items and or­na­ments.

Judy Gould, Waikato/ Bay of Plenty chief ex­ec­u­tive, said while many of the items from the old lodge were be­ing taken to the new one those that were not re­quired would be put into the auc­tion.

‘‘We had de­cided what we could use at the new fa­cil­ity, so an auc­tion is a per­fect op­por­tu­nity to raise some money while let­ting peo­ple get their hands on a piece of lodge his­tory.

‘‘Any­one who has vis­ited the lodge will have seen the va­ri­ety of in­ter­est­ing pieces that had been on dis­play – a col­lec­tion started as a means of cre­at­ing a homely at­mos­phere for res­i­dents.’’

The auc­tion at the Lions Can­cer Lodge, in the grounds of Waikato Hos­pi­tal, is on the fi­nal day of op­er­a­tion be­fore the ser­vice moves to the new Can­cer So­ci­ety’s Lions Lodge on Tainui St.

The lodge is open for view­ing from 1pm and pur­chased items will need to be taken that evening. It will be run by McEl­wains Auc­tions.

Ms Gould said pro­ceeds from the auc­tion would go to­wards the new lodge, which con­tin­ues to pro- vide free ac­com­mo­da­tion, meals and sup­port for peo­ple fro­maround the re­gion re­quired to travel Hamil­ton to re­ceive can­cer treat­ment.

Fin­ish­ing touches are cur­rently be­ing added to the new lodge and it will open for res­i­dents on Tues­day Fe­bru­ary 1.

The lodge has been in op­er­a­tion since 1971 but in­creas­ing de­mand meant the so­ci­ety re­quired a new fa­cil­ity to cater for the cur­rent and fu­ture needs of the re­gion.

With ca­pac­ity to ac­com­mo­date 700 peo­ple each year, 200 more than the cur­rent lodge, it will also be a hub for the so­ci­ety’s sup­port ser­vices and health pro­mo­tion ac­tiv­i­ties.

A ma­jor fundrais­ing cam­paign has been un­der way for the past year, re­cently reach­ing more than $2 mil­lion of the $4.25 mil­lion tar­get.

The en­tire project is cost­ing $15.6 mil­lion, how­ever the so­ci­ety had an­tic­i­pated the move so was able to put sav­ings mea­sures in place over a num­ber of years.

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