Thursday, October 15, 2009

Holiday auction for tsunami aid

A positive news story today about moteliers raising funds by a TradeMe auction for victims of the tsunami in Samoa.

What a fantastic initiative that has attracted worthy MSM coverage and positive publicity. The offer assembled on TradeMe looks pretty good to us too - To view the auction:  Click HERE.

By WILL HINE in Queenstown 
The Southland Times  
14 October 2009

A Queenstown motelier is hoping for a wave of support as she raises money for the victims of the tsunami that devastated Samoa last month.

Queenstown Motel Apartments owner Dianne Smith is offering on Trade Me a three-day holiday in Queenstown, with all proceeds going to the New Zealand Red Cross tsunami emergency appeal.

Mrs Smith said her daughter Vanessa was friends with Highlander and Samoan rugby player Romi Ropati, who had lost family and friends in the tsunami.

"That got me going because I knew he worked hard for his family in the islands.

"I've met him a couple of times and he's a lovely, lovely man."

The tragedy also hit close to home with the Motel Association of New Zealand – of which her husband Peter Smith is national president – losing a member in the tsunami.

Queenstown businesses Real Journeys, Skippers Canyon Jet, Nomad Safaris, Prime Restaurant and HMS Britannia Restaurant have all contributed products and vouchers to Mrs Smith's auction, taking the value of the package to $2132.

The winning bidder would be able to take the holiday within the next 12 months, subject to availability.
The auction closes on Monday.

Source: Click HERE

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