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Two Day Count-Down Until Bidding Commences

Two Day Count-Down Until Bidding Commences For Massive Fundraiser

2 September 2005

In just on 48 hours, close to 230 items donated by South Island businesses will ‘go live’ on high profile auction website, www.trademe.co.nz as the starting point for what is expected will be the South Island’s largest fundraiser ever with around half a million dollars in total hoped to be raised.

The fundraiser is for Ronald McDonald House South Island which supports families with seriously ill children. Since opening in March 2003, the House has provided over 16,700 nights of accommodation free of charge to more than 450 families on over 900 separate visits.

The massive fundraising event includes the Harcourts House Party, a huge auction and variety show being held at the Aurora Centre in Christchurch Sunday 11 September 2005. Harcourts Business Development Manager, Jim Davis said, along with their local Rotary Clubs, all Harcourts offices in the South Island enthusiastically worked with their local business community to donate quality goods and items to auction for the fundraiser.

The ultimate auction item is the new four bedroom Harcourts Horncastle Home for Ronald McDonald House, recently completed by Horncastle Homes in their Gilberthorpes subdivision and fully furnished.

A few key items will be auctioned live with the furnished house at the Harcourts House Party - a four-hour long ‘telethon-style’ live telecast on 11 September on CTV, Southland TV, Otago’s Regional Channel 9 station, and on Sky Digital channel 90. Multiple websites and radio stations including Newstalk ZB and Classic Hits are generously taking the coverage Island-wide.

The other close to 230 donated auction items ranging from signed rare sports memorabilia through to new driveways and weekend retreats will be on www.trademe.co.nz from this Sunday, 4 September.

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