PGG Wrightson charity auction raises record breaking funds
The Neonatal Trust can expand its Otago-Southland operation after receiving $58,522 from the PGG Wrightson (“PGW”) charity auction held at the Wanaka show.
One of the features of the show is the annual PGW charity auction, where PGW, suppliers and clients generously donate items which are auctioned, with the proceeds presented to a local charity. This year’s chosen charity was The Neonatal Trust, Otago-Southland, which provides support to the families of premature babies.
Rachel Friend, Executive Director of The Neonatal Trust, was absolutely blown away by the amount raised. “Like all not-for-profits we are heavily reliant on the goodwill of volunteers and community support and we are feeling very privileged to be chosen by PGW as the charity auction recipients this year.”
“Until a year ago we did not have a physical presence in Otago-Southland. One of the many projects we will undertake, thanks to the funding, will be the upgrade of the family whānau room and the purchase of equipment to make the room more welcoming,” said Rachel.
PGW appreciates the importance of making a positive and meaningful contribution to the communities in which we operate. A locally based PGW employee recommended the Otago-Southland Neonatal Trust as the recipient charity having had a personal connection with the Trust.
John O’Neill, PGW Regional Manager - Lower South Island was delighted with the outcome. “The feature Lot was a package kindly donated by local customers, Minaret Station. This year’s crowd was entertained with some spirited bidding resulting in an unprecedented total of $58,522 being raised.”
“The Neonatal Trust Otago-Southland are very worthy recipients of the raised funds. Having a premature baby puts life into perspective and the Trust provides a lifeline to families by supporting them through their journey,” said John.
Pictured from left: John Duffy (auctioneer), John O'Neill, Allan Brown, Neil Bulling.
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