Kāpiti community raises over $45,000 for Hospice

A Fun Fundraiser for Mary Potter Hospice Kapiti. Photos by Captured By Friday
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Mal Bird has done it again. With taking on organising the National Spearfishing Championship for the first time, he was gutted when this year’s fish auction usually following the competition – held in support of Mary Potter Hospice and Paraparaumu Fire Service – had to be cancelled due to bad weather.

Instead, he brought the Kāpiti Community together recently to auction off 50+ items, generously donated by local businesses.

Auctioneer, Doug Palmer gets the crowd bidding

Over 220 guests flocked to the Southwards Car Museum for drinks, nibbles, and to get entertained by Harcourts Auctioneers Doug Palmer and Eddie Winkel who led through the live auctions, getting the room excited about supporting their local Hospice and the chance of going home with new hardware tools, fishing rods, dining experiences and weekend getaways.

The Kāpiti Community raised over $45,000 for Mary Potter Hospice from this event, and Mary Potter Hospice say they are beyond grateful for the amazing support received from the attending guests, bidders, local businesses who sponsored the auction items. And to the event supporters Southward Car Museum, Harcourts, Starfish Kāpiti, Spy Valley Wines, From our Kitchen, Wham Bam, Kāpiti Rotary Club, Captured by Friday Photography, Beach FM, BNI, and last but not least Mal Bird for his amazing ongoing support.

“Mal’s efforts go beyond supporting Mary Potter Hospice. Through his hard work over the last eight months he has raised over $100,000 for the community. ($75,000 for Mary Potter Hospice, $10,000 for the Paraparaumu Fire brigade, and $12,000 for Spearfishing NZ) and on top of this he has donated 20kg of fresh fish to the Kāpiti Food Bank.

Mary Potter Hospice volunteers were also out and about on the weekend with the annual street appeal. Pictured (above) is Kāpiti volunteer Chris Hanrahan who braved the cold weather to take up the collection outside Countdown in Waikanae.