Spring Clean for Starship
Spring Clean for Starship
Turning trash into treasure for our national children’s hospital
Starship Spring Clean launches tomorrow Tuesday 1 September – a campaign that asks Kiwis across the country to clean out their cupboards, sell their unwanted goods and pledge some or all of the proceeds to Starship.
There are two ways to get involved in the Starship Foundation’s annual Spring Clean campaign, which supports the national children’s hospital. Buy and sell items (big or small) on Trade Me or hold a good old fashioned Kiwi garage sale.
Helping launch the campaign is 14 year-old rugby fan and player Lachlan Gibson-Owen, from Whangaparaoa. In mid-August, Lachlan needed surgery at Starship after a rugby boot sprig tore a 10cm gash in his lower leg at school rugby practice.
Lachlan particularly likes the framed All Blacks Jersey signed by the 2011 World Cup winning team that is being auctioned on Spring Clean. “It’s a really cool auction – everyone should get behind it because Starship does so much for kids”, says Lachlan.
His mother, Natasha Gibson, adds: “We are so grateful for the care Lachlan has just received at Starship; the nurses and doctors were so professional and helped make the whole experience less stressful. It’s so comforting to know that Kiwi kids have access to such quality care when they need it and I really hope the New Zealand public gets behind Starship’s Spring Clean – it’s such an easy way to help raise money for our national children’s hospital.”
In addition to the public getting behind the campaign and selling their own items, some other supporters have already gone through their cupboards to donate special items to this year’s Starship Spring Clean. These include:
• Framed All Blacks Jersey signed by the 2011 World Cup winning team, donated by SKY TV
• A brand new ŠKODA Fabia (Winner of 2015 What Car? Car of the Year), donated by ŠKODA NZ
• A complete boxed collector’s set of the newly-released New World Little Kitchen 2015 minis, plus the full range of accessories, donated by New World
• A bag full of Tikidub gear including t-shirts, a jacket, cap, signed albums and more kindly donated by Starship supporter Tiki Taane
• Framed Auckland Blues jersey signed by the 2015 team and management, thanks to the Auckland Blues and Barfoot & Thompson
• A giant “Where’s Wally?” fibre glass egg sculpture, “Where’s Wally?” © Classic Media Distribution Ltd
Plus, once the public starts listing their items on the Trade Me Starship Spring Clean store, there will be all sorts of weird and wonderful items to purchase in support of Starship.
To sell items on Trade Me in support of Starship Spring Clean, visit www.trademe.co.nz/starship from 1-30 September and follow the prompts. Sellers who donate at least 50% of the sale price to Starship will be refunded their success fee by Trade Me.
To hold a garage sale in support of Starship, participants should register at www.starship.org.nz/garagesale to download a handy garage sale toolkit.