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The Diego Maradona shirt for auction at Remarkables Primary School's Glittering Peaks evening CREDIT: Southern Public Relations
The Lance Armstrong signed and framed collectors item coming up for auction at Remarkables Primary School's Glittering Peaks evening CREDIT: Southern Public Relations
Thousands of dollars worth of auction items including an Argentine football shirt signed by the legendary Diego Maradona and a Lance Armstrong collector’s piece will be up for grabs at a Remarkables Primary School fundraising evening later this month.
The authenticated Number 10 shirt and the framed Lance Armstrong piece, signed by the inspirational seven-time Tour de France winner, are just two of the standout items to be auctioned at the Glittering Peaks event on Friday November 12.
Legendary mountaineer and expedition leader Peter Hillary is guest presenter at the evening, which is being held to help raise funds for much-needed sunshades at the school, and further resources for the learning centre.
“The cost of covering the areas we’d like to with sunshades is a staggering $45,000 alone, so we thought we’d better make our one major fundraiser of the year an event to remember,” said school principal Debbie Dickson.
“Our school is continuing to grow, with our roll set to more than double over 2011 with the introduction of years five and six and an increase in the number of new entrants.
“We’ve already spent tens of thousands of dollars on resources and books in the learning centre, but there’s still plenty of space for more to cater for that growing roll.”
Mrs Dickson said Peter Hillary would be spending a “very special day” with the entire Remarkables Primary School on the day of the event, and was looking forward to meeting the children.
“He’s a truly inspirational person and I know our pupils are going to love hearing his tales of climbing some of the world’s highest mountains and expeditions into remote and dangerous areas.”
The November 12 ‘Glittering Peaks’ occasion will see the school hall transformed with a snow and ice theme. Guests will be greeted with a welcome drink on arrival, and local businesses are providing hundreds of canapés and ongoing food platters throughout the night.
The community has supported the school with approximately $30,000-worth of items donated for auction, ranging from cooking demos, water toys for the kids, power tools for the blokes and camping equipment, to the motivational sketch from All Black captain Ritchie McCaw.
Apart from a live auction conducted by MC and professional auctioneer Richard Stringer, there will be a silent and balloon auction, a performance by renowned local comedian Mike Legge, and dancing to music by local band Groova.
A cash bar will operate throughout the night.
Mrs Dickson said the amount of work put into the event by the school’s parents’ association had been “staggering”, as had been the support from the local community and businesses.
“The majority of tickets have sold already and we’re not doing door sales, so people really had better get in quick if they don’t want to miss out,” she said.
Tickets for the event are $50 a head and are on sale at ASB Remarkables Park during normal business hours. Doors open at 7pm.