Holiday auction by NBR for Starship
An Auckland professional couple had won the Trade Me auction of a NBR luxury holiday, increasing more than $37,000 for Starship Children’s Hospital.
The prize, was originally won by Financial Markets Authority chairman Simon Allen in a National Business Review subscriber draw in June, the prize money was later donated to Starship’s Spring Clean auction.
The successful bidders of Starship’s Spring Clean auction, who all wanted to remain anonymous, had paid $37,101 for the trip. The bidders told NBR ONLINE that they had a plan to visit Europe in the coming year in order to see the family before “spying” the auction.
Starship Foundation chief executive Brad Clark says “Simon’s selfless generosity was very commendable and the holiday irresistible. Add to that helping Starship gets a new dialysis machine for the intensive care unit and we were sold.” He also further added that the luxury holiday, which is a 28-day of European escape of the cost of $50,000, including business class flights with Air New Zealand, which was the auction’s single-biggest donated item.
Later on the bidders said that in future the proceeds will go towards a new Prismaflex continuous dialysis machine for Starship’s pediatric intensive care unit. The cost of the unit would be around $57,500. The Chief Executive of Starship Foundation also further said, “Starship Foundation has another donor in the wings who is looking at funding the balance needed to purchase it. The Starship Foundation is grateful to Simon Allen for his generosity in donating this extraordinary prize to Starship Spring Clean and to the NBR for allowing the prize to be used in this way.”
Starship Foundation chief executive Brad Clark did not revealed how much money the campaign has already raised but he expects it to be the best Spring Clean since it had launched before three years.