A football shirt signed by the only team unbeaten in this year’s FIFA World Cup – New Zealand’s All Whites – and a children’s playhouse ‘signed’ by Kiwi rugby’s All Black captain Richie McCaw are some of the sensational items up for grabs at a charity auction and cocktail party to raise funds for Cure Kids.

The gala event is being held in New Zealand to support the fundraising efforts of Christchurch Samaritans David Hiatt and Hamish Jenkins, who are taking part in the Novotel $10 Queenstown Challenge. The challenge will see the pair endeavour to hitch-hike their way from Queenstown to Auckland over the space of three days with only $10 in their pockets.

Business owner David and Air New Zealand pilot Hamish have to raise $7,125 before the Queenstown to Auckland trek begins in October. To help them reach that target, Bayleys Real Estate is donating $200 for every property referred onto the company by David and Hamish. In addition, Bayleys is contributing another $800 for every property referred by the pair which then goes on to be a successful sale.

The fundraising auction takes place on Saturday September 4 at Coca Gallery in Christchurch. Admission is $50 – which includes canapés and drinks – with tickets available by emailing David Hiatt at david@lookoutpoint.co.nz or from Bayleys Canterbury marketing manager Belinda Shannon on 375 4700.

The Cure Kids charity was established some 30 years ago to support research into a range of life-threatening childhood diseases and conditions affecting New Zealand children and their families. This research into illnesses such as leukemia, genetic heart defects, cot death, asthma, and bone malformations has helped save thousands of young lives and has improved the quality of life for thousands of children.

Since 2005, the Novotel $10 Queenstown Challenge concept has raised more than $2million for Cure Kids. Hamish and David aim to raise a total of $50,000 from their various sponsored ventures.

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