Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Charitable gesture boost to online charity auction

5 May 2006

Businesswoman's charitable gesture boost to online charity auction

A prominent Canterbury businesswoman's generosity could significantly boost the fundraising efforts of the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind in an online charity auction.

Sharon Lingham, owner of Crown Limousines, the largest limousine hire company in New Zealand, has offered three Jaguars and three stretched limousines to the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind's online charity auction from 8 -15 May.

All proceeds from bids exceeding reserve prices set on the cars will go to the

The cars, valued in excess of $86,000, will be auctioned on the charity site which is being hosted on popular internet auction website TradeMe.

"I am delighted to again be in a position to assist the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind. This year I decided to do something different and set aside the cars to be auctioned," says Sharon Lingham.

"I challenge businesses nationwide to offer products or services for the Blind Bid auction which is still in need of further donations."

The Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind is New Zealand's primary provider of vision-related habilitation and rehabilitation services to blind, deaf blind and vision-impaired people.

"Sharon Lingham has always supported the Foundation and by offering the cars to the charity auction, she has given us the opportunity to raise money for our appeal," says Julie McMeeken, national events coordinator for the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind.

"The success of the online fundraising initiative will rely on businesses and the public getting behind the auction."

Proceeds raised from the auction will help blind, deafblind and vision-impaired New Zealanders achieve independence.

As a director on three boards, a business mentor, celebrity ambassador and charity campaigner, Sharon Lingham's philanthropic efforts have benefited numerous charity organisations which include the Heart Foundation, Cancer Foundation, Women's Refuge, Rainbow Trust and Child Helpline.

Her dealings with international and local celebrities has seen Sharon donate thousands of autographed items and memorabilia to charity auctions over the past 20 years.

A regular supporter of the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind, Sharon Lingham has also donated to the online charity auction a celebrity status Crown Limousine transfer to and from a Christchurch Symphony Orchestra concert of the bidder's choice, as well as an autographed CD of Irish singer Mary Duff.

For more information on the online charity auction or how to donate products or services to the auction, visit or contact the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind on 0800 833 633.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Marketing Rocks!
Ig Nobel Award Winners Assess The Personality Of Rocks

A Massey University marketing lecturer has received the 2016 Ig Nobel Prize for economics for a research project that asked university students to describe the “brand personalities” of three rocks. More>>


Nurofen Promotion: Reckitt Benckiser To Plead Guilty To Misleading Ads

Reckitt Benckiser (New Zealand) intends to plead guilty to charges of misleading consumers over the way it promoted a range of Nurofen products, the Commerce Commission says. More>>


Half A Billion Accounts: Yahoo Confirms Huge Data Breach

The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. More>>

Rural Branches: Westpac To Close 19 Branches, ANZ Looks At 7

Westpac confirms it will close nineteen branches across the country; ANZ closes its Ngaruawahia branch and is consulting on plans to close six more branches; The bank workers union says many of its members are nervous about their futures and asking ... More>>

Interest Rates: RBNZ's Wheeler Keeps OCR At 2%

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 2 percent and said more easing will be needed to get inflation back within the target band. More>>


Half Full: Fonterra Raises Forecast Payout As Global Supply Shrinks

Fonterra Cooperative Group, the dairy processor which will announce annual earnings tomorrow, hiked its forecast payout to farmers by 50 cents per kilogram of milk solids as global supply continues to decline, helping prop up dairy prices. More>>



Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news