I want to thank the generous donors so far and will get these up on the website asap. A special thank you to Gail and her great team at Mac’s Brew Bar for donating the event venue with lots of special help.
Hurricane to the rescue
People have been very generous with donating auction items. I want to tell you about the Wellington Hurricanes’ former All Black and Coach Alama Ieremia. Not only did Alama organise a Hurricanes’ rugby jersey signed by ALL the current Hurricanes. But in collecting the jersey from Alama on a cold Wellington day this week, I managed to get myself locked inside a rugby ground in Newtown, Wellington! I had gone to the wrong rugby ground and after realising, went to leave and found someone had physically locked the high gates. I was locked in and high gates went right around the rugby ground.
After panicking a little, I realised that the only way out was to ring someone (luckily, I had my cell phone). So..I texted and rang Alama “this might sound stupid but I’ve somehow locked myself in the other rugby ground. Can you please find the caretaker and get the keys to get me out?” A few minutes later, Alama whizzed up the hill in his car, jumped out with the keys and literally rescued me from the rugby ground. Alama Ieremia is in fact a hero…and he gave me the rugby jersey for the auction too. Jeepers, a funny story to tell later but I wouldn’t have liked to be overnight in the rugby ground. Thanks Alama! and thanks Hurricanes.
The Tana Umaga Foundation
Tana Umaga, former All Black Captain and Counties Manukau Rugby Coach also donated a signed rugby jersey and a Tana Umaga Foundation signed rugby ball. Thanks so much, it’s very generous. By the way, Tana’s charity, the Tana Umaga Foundation (TUF) was established to support talent and reward hard work. Their objectives are:
- To encourage and assist promising New Zealanders, with a focus on young people who are hardworking and who might not otherwise have the opportunity, to achieve and excel in their education and achieve their potential.
- To establish a scholarship to be awarded to a student or students who have attended Wainuiomata High School.
- To undertake such other activities and provide such other assistance whether by way of financial assistance, scholarships or otherwise as the Trustees see fit of a charitable nature for the benefit of New Zealanders.
The Sounds Retreat
The Sounds Retreat has offered a night’s accommodation at their new luxury retreat usually valued at $1,250 per night! The Sounds Retreat offers luxury accommodation in a private, tranquil setting at Queen Charlotte Sound on the South Island of New Zealand.
Native forest walks outside your door, endless stars at night, the decadent cuisine and that captivating view, perhaps even watching a pod of dolphins from your deck… the luxury of it all is quite magical at The Sounds Retreat.
Offering the privilege to one exclusive party at a time, please join us to experience The Sounds Retreat where the best of nature and service is waiting. Your suite includes:
1 King Bed plus fold out couch for child if needed. Plasma TV with Sky TV. Mini bar, Tea and Coffee Facilities.
Mountain bikes, road bikes, full gymnasium. Private Hot tub/spa and deck
Breakfast & Dinner including alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Filo Tiatia and Toyota Japan
Former All Black, Toyota player, Ospreys rugby player and coach, Filo Tiatia, now Head Coach with Toyota Motor Verblitz Rugby Team in Aichi, Japan has donated two Toyota rugby jerseys for the auction. Thanks Filo and Toyota!
Dr Hauschka Skincare – Get Back to Nature
Dr Hauschka NZ have donated a skincare basket valued at $448.
Inspired by a holistic approach to skin care with unique skin care concepts. Dr.Hauschka preparations are designed to bring harmony, balance and rhythm to the skin. Our philosophy is unique and our effectiveness is attributed to the use of highest quality ingredients found in nature, with a preference from biodynamic, organic or responsibly wild harvested sources and the Dr.Hauschka rhythmical processing method. Dr.Hauschka is a complete skin care regime concept and we actively discourage the use of synthetic chemical products on your skin. Luxurious and performance skin care that delivers results while encouraging and supporting a healthy functioning and radiant skin.
Thanks to the team from Dr Hauschka!
Raumati Sands Resort
Heather and Tom from Raumati Sands Resort have donated a night’s accommodation for the auction. Raumati Sands on the Kapiti Coast offers relaxing two-bedroom luxury apartments. This gives you great quality accommodation in the heart of the Greater Wellington region. All apartments are two storied and the size of a small home, with the complex offering a luxurious heated pool and hot tub. Raumati Sands is only 100 metres from the beach so is a great location. The complex is ideal for those wanting to stay near Kapiti Island and explore all that the Kapiti Nature Coast has to offer. There are a huge range of attractions close to our site, so please feel free to talk to us about local attractions and organising your stay. Thanks Raumati Sands Resort!
More generous donations from:
Relish Cafe, Waikanae 04-293 1470
About Beauty, Paraparaumu
Rachel Prince, Artist
Joy Fairbairn, Artist (04) 9048813
Lifestyle Hair Studio, Paraparaumu 04-298 8674
Traditional Chinese Acupuncture & Massage firstname.lastname@example.org