Rotary auction bangs up a charity success

By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.com.au

THE auctioneer's hammer banged up about $15,000 for charity at Saturday's Rotary Club of Gladstone Trash and Treasure Auction.

Club spokesman and auctioneer for the event Jeff Williams said this year's Trash and Treasure Auction was one of the more popular staged by the club in recent years although profits were down.

'We are still to do the sums yet, but we are reasonably happy with the response,' he said.

He said this year both new and used items were put under the hammer at the auction ? the club's major fundraising event.

In previous years only new items were offered for sale.

'This year we had all sorts of things to bid on ? there was an opportunity for everyone to take something home.'

Among the more than 200 donated items that went under the auctioneer's hammer was a framed LP by the Supremes, a helicopter ride, framed sketches of historic buildings ('which fetched good money'), food and service vouchers, eight Christmas trees and even a Santa seat from one of the shopping centres. In another change from the usual, the auction was staged at the Gladstone Turf Club to give it a more popular appeal.

Among the beneficiaries from the fundraising will be The Gladstone branch of the Leukaemia Foundation; Blue Care and Bindaree Lodge's aged care facility, Edenvale, now under construction at Glen Eden; and the Gladstone Men's Shelter Committee.



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