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Luxury Holiday Auction Package For Cure Kids

Accor Provides Luxury Holiday Auction Package For Cure Kids

March 8 2005: The 2005 Cure Kids Great Adventure Race has attracted strong support from key partner Accor, which has entered three teams in the one day corporate multi-sport race, being staged in the Waitakere Ranges on April 8.

The adventure race is a novel fundraiser to enable Cure Kids to carry out further research into children’s life threatening illnesses. The event was held for the first time last year and raised $286,000 for the charity.

“With 35 teams competing this year, representing 20 companies, we expect the tally to go considerably higher,” says Cure Kids Business Development Director Mandy Mee.

Accor has entered teams from Mercure Hotel Auckland, Novotel Ellerslie Auckland and Novotel Tainui Hamilton. Each team will have staff as support crew and each hotel is involved in fundraising activities for Cure Kids as part of the event.

“The support from Accor is quite outstanding,” says Ms Mee. “To enter three teams is a real commitment and a reflection of the on going assistance the company provides for Cure Kids at all levels.”

As part of its involvement as a sponsor of the race, Accor has provided some quality auction items for the Grays on-line auction, which is running in tandem with the event.

The auction which is located on www.curekidsauction.com is being promoted in association with Cure Kids ambassador and rugby personality Jonah Lomu. The auction will be held from March 9-11.

Accor is offering one of the main auction items – a three night stay at the exclusive Fijian Vomo Island Resort, managed by Sofitel and valued at $7000. The package includes accommodation, airfares and meals.

Other donations include accommodation packages at Accor properties in Melbourne and Brisbane, and a combined package with BMW for the lease of an X5 and luxury Mercure Grand Hotel accommodation at New Zealand hotels.

The Novotel Ellerslie’s award winning executive chef Philip Neverman is being auctioned and the highest bidder will have a private menu developed by him.

“These auction items are very exciting,” says Ms Mee. “To be able to bid for a holiday on one of Fiji’s private luxury islands is fantastic. Accor’s generosity in providing such attractive auction packages will undoubtedly help make the on-line auction a success.”

Accor has been a key partner with Cure Kids since May 2002. The company has donated $350,000 to the charity to date.

“Not only has Accor raised significant funds for Cure Kids but they also provide so much more in the way of free accommodation, venues, and prizes,” says Ms Mee. “They run the very popular PJ parties for sick children at a number of their hotels and last year they held the Cycle to Cure Kids from Wellington to Auckland which was a huge fundraiser.”

Accor’s general manager for New Zealand and Fiji Thomas Van Vliet says they are very proud to support the Cure Kids Great Adventure Race and the on-line auction.

“Every cent raised will go directly to Cure kids so anyone who bids in the auction can be confident they are not only doing something great for themselves but also something great for sick children in New Zealand.”

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