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Memorabilia Buys Memories

Memorabilia Buys Memories


The Make-A-Wish® New Zealand Memorabilia Buys Memories fundraising campaign is in full swing. The campaign is a sporting memorabilia amnesty where people are encouraged to donate items of value they have or can source. 

Donated items are to be sent into Make-A-Wish® New Zealand where they will be auctioned on Trade Me from 30th July to 10 August.  Everyone who donates will be in the draw to win a once-in-a-lifetime, trip to Cardiff to watch the All Blacks take on Wales. The prize includes return flights to London, accommodation, train tickets to Cardiff and two match tickets. All proceeds will go to Make-A-Wish® New Zealand. 

Already donated for auction on Trade Me is an All Blacks jersey from the 96’ tour of South Africa and an Official Chelsea FC ball that has been signed by all the players the year they won the 2004/05 English Premier League (EPL).  This was also the first time in fifty years under coach Jose Mourinho they had won the league.  Also up for auction is the opportunity to bid on the ‘ultimate Breakers experience.’   This includes a pregame locker room visit, sitting on the bench with the team during the game and presenting the game ball to the referees before tipoff.

Laura Harrison, fundraising manager for Make-A-Wish® New Zealand says “New Zealanders are sport-mad and many have various sporting memorabilia that are sitting in their homes.  We are offering an opportunity for people to donate these items to Make-A-Wish so that we are able to continue to make children’s dreams come true.”

The money raised from the auction will go towards making the dreams of children with life-threatening illnesses come true. Make-A-Wish® New Zealand ambassador and previous wish child, Kirsty had her dream come true last year when she recorded a song with local hip-hop star Savage.  “With out the support and determination of Make-A-Wish my dream would not have come true. I can not think of a more worthy cause.”

To donate items people can drop their items to Make-A-Wish® New Zealand, Level 2 Newcall Tower, 44 Khyber Pass Road, Auckland. Or they can be posted to Memorabilia Buys Memories, PO Box 8029 Symonds Street, Auckland 1150, New Zealand.

Last year over 160 children with life-threatening illnesses had their wishes granted by Make-A-Wish® New Zealand, this year the foundation hopes to top this number.  Make-A-Wish® was launched in New Zealand in 1987 and since then has been moving from strength to strength.  The charitable trust grants wishes to children between the ages of 3 and 17 with life-threatening illnesses. 


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