Lions lodge memorabilia on offer
Unwanted items to be auctioned
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.