Starship Children's Health in New Zealand has kicked off its annual Starship Spring Clean, where Kiwis are asked to clean up, clear out and sell off, all in support of the kids at Starship – and this year they’ve got celebrity help.

Throughout September, you can list items for sale on Trade Me at pledging all or part of the sale proceeds to the national children’s hospital.

Not only can you buy and sell everyday items on Trade Me for Starship, but there are also a number of exclusive items donated by Starship’s celebrity supporters, including Spartacus costumes donated by Lucy Lawless, a bespoke suit donated by the Prime Minister Rt. Hon John Key, signed gear from the All Whites and NZ Breakers and a 2010 racing suit, signed gloves and a signed car part from Scott Dixon.

Plus there are some exciting items that have been donated by our corporate sponsors, including a ‘Be a Zookeeper for the Day’ experience and an ASB Classic shirt signed by Maria Sharapova donated by ASB; the world’s biggest gas barbecue from Mercury Energy; a Vodafone Warriors signed shirt and ball from Vodafone New Zealand; and coaching sessions with Silver Fern and Barfoot & Thompson Starship Ambassador Anna Scarlett.

Anyone who sells an item through Starship Spring Clean on Trade Me and donates 10 per cent or more of the proceeds to Starship will be refunded their auction success fee by Trade Me.

With the full support of Trade Me, Starship Spring Clean will help everyday New Zealanders support Starship kids. It’s a win-win: while cleaning out your cupboards, you’ll also raise money for a great cause – the major rebuild of the Level 6 Neuroservices and Medical Specialty Wards at Starship Children’s Hospital.

Each year, more than 2600 young patients from all around New Zealand are admitted to Level 6 at Starship. The rebuild will help improve emotional, social and survival outcomes for critically ill and long-term patients on these wards. Conditions treated include neurological disorders, brain tumours, metabolic and genetic disorders (including Cystic Fibrosis), head trauma and suspected child abuse injuries, respiratory illness and infectious diseases.

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