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Meadowbank townhouse proceeds go to charity

Media release
Thursday 22 October

Entire proceeds from sale of Meadowbank townhouse will go to charity

The sale of a three bedroom Meadowbank home will be benefiting underprivileged women in Papua New Guinea, with the entire proceeds of the sale being donated to charity.

The home belonged to a woman who was well known for her charity work in the Baptist community, Jan Bowman, who upon her death gifted her entire estate, including her Meadowbank home to several Baptist based charities in Auckland and Papua New Guinea.

Bowman worked tirelessly as an advocate for improving the lives of women in third world countries and advancing women’s rights, so accordingly her entire estate will be split between the Baptist Union of New Zealand for the Centre of Leadership Development and the Church Planting Resource Fund, Christian Broadcasting Association, Remuera Baptist Church, and the Baptist Women’s Association of Papua New Guinea.

Bayleys Remuera sales consultant marketing the Meadowbank home, John Lantz, says the funds gifted to the Baptist Women’s Association of Papua New Guinea will specifically be used for the purposes of leadership and occupational training of women in the regional areas of Papua New Guinea.

John says the money will go toward the initiation and development of programmes involving micro-credit to enable women to become self-supporting.

“Schemes the money will fund will be things such as the provision of peanut mills, the teaching of sewing skills, the training of birthing attendants and the provision of birthing huts, all designed to improve the lives of women in Papua New Guinea by give them resources to support themselves,” says John.

“The money will also go toward the building and maintaining of a National Baptist Women’s Resource Centre in Mt Hagen.”

To maximise the profits going to the charities, John has contributed by getting some $9000 worth of marketing donated to the campaign.

John organised advertising space to be donated by The New Zealand Herald, Property Press, and Trademe, signage was donated by Jazz print, and the photography was done free of charge by photographer Julius Margan.

“It wasn’t hard to get our suppliers to make a contribution to the cause – when people see someone making such a large contribution to those in need; it usually inspires them to help out however they can,” says John.

John says he has had a lot of interest from this unique campaign for the three bedroom, two bathroom cedar townhouse, and expects a good result for the trust.

The home will be sold by auction, held at the Bayleys Remuera office at 55a Remuera Road November 3.


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