Published on March 11, 2022 at 12:12 p.m.
It’s time to make your winning bids in the Nick’s Head Charity Fishing Tournament.
It’s time to make your winning bids.
The Nick’s Head Charity Fishing Tournament silent auction ends at 6pm on Sunday and there are some great items up for grabs.
The annual fishing derby was canceled due to Covid-19 but sponsors and others still wanted to support the cause, which raises money for Gisborne Hospital’s Planet Sunshine children’s service and other charities .
So, with the help of the Gisborne-Tatapouri Sports Fishing Club, the annual fundraiser was adapted into a silent auction.
Andrea Gregory of the Fishing Club said there were around 40 items up for auction and club members and non-club members were welcome to bid.
They can do this at the club in the inner harbor or by phone (868-4756). Articles can be viewed on the club’s Facebook page.
The most eye-catching auction item is a Lima M9 electric scooter donated by Gisborne Motors Ltd.
Bidding started at $800, but the main bid yesterday was $2,500.
Wide range of items includes BBQ, ride-on toy tractor, Matawhero Wines experience (tastings and platter for 10), fishing and craft items, clothing, basketball goal, sculptures , paintings and prints by local artists, including Trish Brown and Barry Welsh, who support the auction each year.
Dayna Chaffey, known for her street art type work fused with contemporary Maori inspiration, donated a painting of a tiki, which often features in her work. He had a head bid of $1,500 yesterday
Ms Gregory stressed that all funds raised are donated to charity.
The vast majority of them are donated to Planet Sunshine in order to purchase a BiliSoft Phototherapy System to support even the smallest patients with more comfort, better bonding, and higher quality developmental care; a salt refrigerator for breast milk; two iPads — one for mothers, one for children — for educational videos; and bubble blower gun.
The funds can also be used for things such as supermarket vouchers for the families of patients and supporting a family with their electricity bills because they have been reduced to income while a parent takes care of care for their sick child.
WINNING: Andrea Gregory of the Gisborne-Tatapori Sports Fishing Club among the wide range of premium items up for grabs at the Nicks Head Charity Fishing Tournament silent auction. Funds raised go to Gisborne Hospital’s Planet Sunshine Children’s Service and related worthy causes. Auctions end at 6 p.m. on Sunday. Photo by Paul Rickard