One of the biggest and cutest online charity auctions seen ever in New Zealand is launching on February 22 – with some 800 items up for sale.

The auction – entitled Every Dog Has Its Day – will raise money for the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind’s (RNZFB) Guide Dog Services, and has been organised by leading real estate agency Bayleys.

Bayleys is the principal sponsor of the RNZFB’s Guide Dog Services. The massive online auction kicks off on the on-line auction website during the early hours of February 22.

Among the hundreds of items being posted on the Every Dog Has Its Day auction are domestic holiday and leisure packages, sporting goods and memorabilia, electrical and household appliances, jewelry, artworks, fashion clothing and apparel, food and beverage vouchers, the chance to meet famous New Zealand celebrities, entertainment and leisure attraction passes, as well as a number of items normally unable to be bought in the public domain.

Many of the items to be listed will have a $1 reserve – making the entire auction catalogue affordable to everyone. As well as items that can be used anywhere in New Zealand, there are hundreds of ‘local’ products, goods and services – sourced from the Far North to Invercargill – to ensure the auction has a truly national flavour.

Among some of the more high profile items up for bidding are: – A lunch date with All Black captain Richie McCaw – Private training sessions with All White Aaron Clapham or the Breakers basketball team – An afternoon with Kiwi supermodel Rachel Hunter – A soccer ball signed by Rod Stewart and a cricket bat signed by the Black Caps – Vasectomies – A night for two at one of New Zealand’s most expensive luxury lodges, Eagles Nest in the Bay of Islands.

Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind chief executive Sandra Budd says the auction will be a wonderful opportunity to raise essential funds for the Guide Dog Services program through the expected tens of thousands of bids.

“Thanks to the incredible work of Bayleys staff and the generosity of individuals, businesses and organizations throughout the country for donating items, the auction is shaping up to be an exciting event – with many great bargains and sought after items on offer,” says Ms Budd.

Bayleys managing director Mike Bayley said Bayleys staff had been working tirelessly on the ambitious fundraising campaign for the past four months – motivated by the desire to support Guide Dog Services and simultaneously be part of one of the biggest and cutest on-line auction ever coordinated in New Zealand.

“We founded the execution of this project on the adage that if a job’s worth doing then it’s worth doing well in all respects,” Mike Bayley said.

“And with such an outstanding cause to benefit from the proceeds, it was easy to motivate not only our staff, but also to persuade hundreds of small businesses and individuals throughout New Zealand to contribute a huge array of auction items.

“On that note, I’d like to publicly thank all those companies and individuals who supplied their goods and services for fellow New Zealanders to bid on. Without their generosity and support, this whole fantastic exercise would not have been possible.

“I can proudly state that the auction catalogue contains something for everyone. We specifically designed the auction to appeal for every taste and wallet – so there are hundreds of very affordable items, right through to items worth several thousand dollars,” Mike Bayley added.

Bayleys has been the principal sponsor of the RNZFB’s Guide Dog Services since 2004 – generating $2million for the organisation already. This funding has been used to raise and train some 85 puppies.

The Every Dog Has Its Day auction launches on on February 22 and runs through until March 8.

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