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Momentum Build for Huge Ronald McDonald House

16 June 2005

Harcourts South Island Thrilled to See Momentum Build for Huge Ronald McDonald House Fundraiser

What is believed will be the largest fundraiser ever in the South Island is enjoying outstanding support as a number of groups work together to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House South Island which supports South Island families with seriously ill children.

Officially launched in late April, the fundraising event is called the Harcourts House Party – a massive auction and variety show is being held at the Aurora Centre in Christchurch on Sunday 11 September 2005, and expected to raised over half a million dollars for Ronald McDonald House South Island.

With ongoing support from all 42 Harcourts offices in the South Island, the fundraiser is being organised by the Rotary Club of Christchurch Sunrise whose members have been contacting South Island businesses to donate quality goods and items to auction.

The ultimate auction item will be the new, four bedroom house, the Harcourts Horncastle Home for Ronald McDonald House, which is currently under construction by Horncastle Homes in their Gilberthorpes subdivision, Christchurch.

Over 200 items will go up for auction, culminating in the Harcourts House Party - a four-hour long ‘telethon-style’ live telecast on 11 September on CTV and Southland TV, and available on Sky Digital channel 90. Multiple websites and radio stations including Newstalk ZB and Classic Hits will also take the coverage Island-wide.

Harcourts South Island Thrilled to See Momentum Build for Huge Ronald McDonald House Fundraiser

Harcourts Business Development Manager for the South Island, Jim Davis said that Harcourts business owners across the South Island were traditionally keen supporters of charities and sports teams, so when approached were enthusiastic about coming together to sponsor the Harcourts House Party to support families in their own communities who transferred to Christchurch for their children’s treatment.

Mr Davis said, “With over 40 Harcourts offices located in the heart of their communities throughout the South Island working with families everyday, we readily identified with the crucial role Ronald McDonald House South Island plays.”

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