Auc­tion­eer raises R11m for char­ity

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AUC­TION­EER Ariella Ku­per has raised more than R11 mil­lion for var­i­ous char­ity-based or­gan­i­sa­tions dur­ing 2010, of which R3.7m has been raised in the past two months alone, ac­cord­ing to Auc­tion Al­liance chief ex­ec­u­tive Rael Levitt.

In ad­di­tion to the high-pro­file foun­da­tions she sup­ports, such as for­mer rugby Spring­bok cap­tain Fran­cois Pien­aar’s Make a Dif­fer­ence Foun­da­tion ( M A D ) , Ku p e r h a s r a i s e d R500 000 for the Cape Leopard Trust, as well as funds for sev­eral lesser-known causes.

L a s t m o n t h , Au c t i o n Al­liance main­tained its 15-year tra­di­tion of rais­ing funds for the chil­dren of Vista Nova School, which caters for those with acute spe­cial needs.

“It costs R12 000 to R15 000 per an­num to ac­com­mo­date just one stu­dent at the school, and R5 000 is re­quired to pur­chase a walker, while wheel­chairs are priced at R10 000 to R12 000 each,” says Ku­per.

S h e s ay s R 1 7 5 0 0 0 w a s raised across 52 smaller-value lots at the auc­tion. “These lots en­sured that ev­ery­one who wanted to par­tic­i­pate had an op­por­tu­nity to con­trib­ute.”

A tril­ogy of auc­tions held be­tween Oc­to­ber 5 and Novem- ber 12 raised R2.9m for MAD, with which Auc­tion Al­liance has been as­so­ci­ated since 2003, she says.

“MAD’s goal is to as­sist gifted chil­dren and pro­vide Africa with fu­ture lead­ers. The funds raised will help to­wards the cost of pro­vid­ing full tu­ition for each stu­dent.”

The first of the three MAD auc­tions was held in the UK on Oc­to­ber 5, when R1.28m was raised, and the next was an art auc­tion of five lith­o­graphs, which gen­er­ated R300 000, at the trendy iArt Gallery in Cape Town on Oc­to­ber 14, she says.

The third was held at the Glen­dower Golf Course in Jo­han­nes­burg on Novem­ber 3, where R644 000 was raised. This event en­com­passed a sold­out golf­ing day at Ara­bella Golf Es­tate, which in­cluded a round of golf, a three-course din­ner and an overnight stay, rais­ing a fur­ther R668 000, she says.

“Rugby stal­warts Toks van der Linde, Chris­tian Ste­wart and Fran­cois Pien­aar added hu­mour at the event,” adds Ku­per, who elicited six-fig­ure amounts out of var­i­ous busi­ness­men at the auc­tion.

Con­tact Ariella Ku­per at aku­per@auc­ or 079 899 9998.

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