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Charity Dinner And Auction To Cure Kids

14 AUGUST 2008

Charity Dinner And Auction To Cure Kids

What do some of New Zealand's most popular sports stars and a group of Accor hotel employees have in common?

They will be uniting to raise funds for the children of Fiji at a charity Dinner and Auction at Novotel Auckland Ellerslie on 2 September.

The fundraiser is for the Accor Race to Survive to Cure Kids - a five day endurance race in which Accor employees will test their physical limits with the aim of raising more than $300,000 dollars for vital medicine and equipment for the children of Lautoka Hospital in Fiji.

Guests will be entertained by MC Phil Kingsley Jones and have a chance to meet rugby league legend Ruben Wiki, New Zealand heavyweight boxing champion Shane Cameron, ultra marathon athlete Lisa Tamati and Monty Betham, rugby league star, boxer and businessman.

As well as a night of entertainment and fine food and wine, the charity auction promises to be something special with auction items including:

* Framed Warriors and All Blacks Jerseys - signed by current teams

* Framed Glove - signed by Shane Cameron

* 300 game testimonial shirt - signed by Ruben Wiki

* Personal training session with Shane Cameron

* Hot Laps with Dean Perkins at Pukekohe Raceway

* Various holiday package at Accor hotels and resorts

* Play Station 3

* and much more

'Team Trinity', who is hosting the event, is one of 15 Accor teams entering the race, which includes five grueling days of ocean swimming, mountain biking, cross country running and outrigging and canoeing.

The race is to be held in the Fiji Islands in October and is organised by Accor and Cure Kids Fiji, the Fiji arm of New Zealand's Cure Kids charity, an organisation which raises funds for vital medical research into life-threatening childhood illnesses.

While Cure Kids research continues in New Zealand, the money raised by Accor will go to directly to the children's ward of the nearby Lautoka Hospital to buy equipment, medicine and fund staff training via the visiting doctors program devised by the charity and its supporters.

The inaugural Cure Kids Fiji Race to Survive event held in November 2006 was deemed a tremendous success raising FJ$251,000. This year each team has to raise a minimum of NZ$7,000 just to enter, but try to raise more wherever possible.

The Accor group operates four hotels in the Fiji Islands: Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa on Denarau Island, Novotel Nadi (formerly Mocambo), Mercure Hotel Nadi, and most recently the Tradewinds Hotel & Convention Centre (which is undergoing a renovation and will eventually become a Novotel).

Support Team Trinity in their pursuit to raise funds for Cure Kids Fiji at the Gala Dinner and Fundraising Auction - book your tickets today:

Date Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Time 7.00pm

Where Novotel Auckland Ellerslie,

72-112 Greenlane East, Ellerslie

Price $135 per person

$1200 table of 10

For bookings please contact

Casey Potatau on 09 523 4736

or email h3060-am01@accor.com

Accor, the European leader and a major global group in hotels, the global leader in services to corporate clients and public institutions, operates in nearly 100 countries with 170,000 employees. It offers to its clients over 40 years of expertise in its two core businesses:

- Hotels, with the Sofitel, Pullman, Novotel, Mercure, Suitehotel, Ibis, all seasons, Etap Hotel, Formule 1 and Motel 6 brands, representing more than 4,000 hotels and nearly 500,000 rooms in 90 countries, as well as strategically related activities, such as Lenôtre.

- Services, with 30 million people in 40 countries benefiting from Accor Services products in human resources, marketing services and expense management.

ENDS

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