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Temple For Christchurch Launches Online Charity Auction

Come On Baby, Light My Temple! - Temple For Christchurch Launches Online Charity Auction

The Temple for Christchurch Trust is currently running an online charity auction with many wonderful items including the privilege to set the Temple on fire! The online auctions will end between 1pm and 4pm on Saturday August 10 to coincide with their “Fun-Raising” event held at the Pallet Pavilion. Funds raised will go towards the project’s burn event on September 21 at Motukarara.

There are many items in the charity auction which have all been listed on Trade Me and can be found at These also include a solid sterling silver model of the Temple mounted on a polished piece of timber salvaged from a demolition site, custom made and donated by Canterbury Jewellers; a $5 bill signed by Sir Edmund Hillary and Don Brash; late tattoo artist Steve Johnson’s “Lucky 13” jacket; and many other items.

“Keeping our burn event free for everyone is very important and the funds from auctioning the privilege to light the Temple on fire will help us make that happen” said project lead and artist Hippathy Valentine. “Any money that we raise over and above the event's running costs will be used to charter buses to transport people who need help making it to the event” he said.

The Temple for Christchurch, which will provide Christchurch residents with a unique opportunity for emotional healing, and will be open from September 1 – 14 on the former site of the convention centre in the central city. Once open, the public will be invited to come and write their earthquake experiences, or anything else they wish to let go of, on its walls. The project’s grand finale will be the burning of the Temple to symbolise the release of the stories it has gathered.

The “Fun-Raising” event will feature some of Christchurch’s finest performers, on site auctions, raffles and giveaways. Tickets are $10 and available online or instore at


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