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Peter Jackson Signed LOTR Cloak to Raise Funds for UNICEF NZ

Tuesday 13 November 2012, 3:52PM
By UNICEF New Zealand
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Lord of the Rings fans have the chance to snap up a unique piece of movie merchandise, whilst raising funds for UNICEF NZ (UN Children’s Fund). An authentic Stansborough ‘Magic Fellowship Cloak’, signed by Sir Peter Jackson, is being auctioned on Trade Me until Thursday, 22nd November.

The cloak has been donated by the team at Stansborough (www.stansborough.co.nz) who hand crafted it from wool produced by their breed of blue grey sheep called ‘Stansborough Greys’.  The company are famous for making the fellowship cloaks for the Lord of the Rings movies and, more recently, Gandalf’s scarf for the Hobbit trilogy.

Stansborough’s directors, Cheryl and Barry Eldridge, have close ties with Africa with Cheryl spending some of her childhood growing up in Kenya. The Eldridges have requested the money raised from the sale of the cloak goes towards UNICEF’s life-saving work in West Africa.

The cloak will also be auctioned with an official LOTR brooch, donated by Mallorn - the Australasian manufacturer of LOTR jewellery. This item will be supplied with a pouch and the official LOTR jewellery tag as a sign of authenticity.

Dennis McKinlay, Executive Director at UNICEF NZ, said “With excitement building around the premiere of the Hobbit, there’s probably no better time for a true fan to pick up collector items of this calibre whilst also knowing that their donation will help save children’s lives.

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to auction this unique cloak and brooch, and huge thanks must go to Stansborough, Mallorn and Sir Peter Jackson himself, for their generous contributions to our work.”

All funds raised from this auction will go to UNICEF’s work in the Sahel region of West Africa, where over one million children are at risk of malnutrition. So far this year UNICEF has treated almost 600,000 malnourished children in the region, however there is much more work to be done.

To bid in the auction go to: http://trade.me/LOTRcloak

For more information on UNICEF’s work in the Sahel region please visit http://www.unicef.org.nz/Africa-Food-Crisis.