This year's Tauranga Police CIB Charitable Trust Auction is again a sellout event, with more than 100 items going under the hammer and six worthy charities set to benefit from the proceeds.
Since the charity lunch was launched in 1995, more than $1.3 million has been raised for the local community.
Last year's event, held at TECT Arena Baypark, raised more than $250,000, with the selected charities, Impact Tauranga and Tauranga Riding for the Disabled Trust, each receiving $100,000, and
$25,000 also donated to quake-ravaged Canterbury.
Trustee and event organiser Detective Sergeant Peter
Blackwell said plans for this year's charity luncheon were well advanced, and it was already a sellout event with 1100 ticket holders set to pack the TECT
Arena on October 12.
Mr Blackwell said the trustees had an extremely difficult time selecting the recipients of this year's auction proceeds, with more than 30 worthy charities nominated.
``We would love to be able to support every one of them and this year the trustees decided to increase the charities chosen from two to six. We think the issues they deal with represent the community's concerns, from youth at risk, the elderly, animals and lifesaving organisations. All six merit financial support for the great work they do in this community,'' he said.
The two main recipients will be New Zeal Foundation and Alzheimers NZ Tauranga, while SPCA Tauranga, Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter, Mount Maunganui Surf Livesaving Club and the new Mount Maunganui Aquatic Centre Trust will receive
Mr Blackwell said that once again the trustees had been overwhelmed with the support from the public who had donated thousands of dollars of amazing
quality items, including a 2012 VW Polo car worth in excess of $30,000 from Farmers Auto Village, Mount Maunganui.
Among the other auction items was a large array of sporting memorabilia and prized mementoes, including two framed All Blacks shirts _ one signed by the 2011 winning World Cup team and the other by the 1987 winning squad.
An electric guitar signed by American band The Doobie Brothers and an acoustic guitar signed by the members of Australia's Little River Band were also going under the hammer.
Among the attendees would be sporting legends including former All Black Sir Colin Meads, 1974
Commonwealth Games gold medallist Dick Tayler, 2012 Olympian Alison Shanks and Emirates Team
NZ chief executive Grant Dalton, plus business leader Sir Michael Fay.
Mr Blackwell said Kerre Wood ham would be MC while guest speaker was former Australian cricketer Merv Hughes, one of the best speakers in the business, who would be ``grilled'' by TV3's Andrew Gourdie in a question and answer session.
It was satisfying for the trustees to connect with charitable organisations who made a difference to the lives of so many needy people, which was what the event was all about, Mr Blackwell said.
People can still donate items for the auction or help make the day a success by sending an email to:
Up for grabs
- A 2012 VW Polo car _ generously donated by Farmer Auto Village, Mt Maunganui.
- Three-day excursion to Great Mercury Island courtesy of Sir Michael and Lady Fay. Package includes transfers by charter boat to/from Whitianga to the Island, two nights accommodation in a holiday lodge with food and refreshmentsprovided for a group of up to six people. Sir Michael and Lady Fay will host a barbecue at their home on one of the evenings.
- Two guitars _ one signed by the members of the Doobie Brothers and the other by members of the Little River Band.
- Queenstown Package _ three- day wilderness experience including helicopter in/out and rafting. Includes flights and accommodation.
- Short break cruise for two on board P&O's Pacific Pearl departs Auckland May 18, 2013, arrives back to Auckland May 21, 2013 _ outside cabin, includes all meals and entertainment.
- 10 per cent share in a race horse winnings courtesy of Waikato Stud.