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GABA Charity Auction this weekend

Wed 29 Nov 2006 In: New Zealand Daily News

The 2006 GABA Charitable Trust Annual Christmas Auction is all set for this Sunday, with a huge number of extraordinary items up for bidding. Gay Auckland Business Association President Johnny Givins says “We have an impressive catalogue for auction again this year and are expecting to raise over $25,000 – all proceeds will of course be distributed to worthy causes and projects within the gay community by the GABA Trust.” Givins' favourite item up for sale is MP Georgina Beyer's silver ring. “Georgina can't make it to the auction, so she sent us her ring – it's a modern, chunky one with jewels on it. It looks amazing.” An Elton John signed CD, lots of fine-cellared wines, a jump from the Sky Tower, and a New Year's Eve box containing drinks, condoms and recovery pack are all up for grabs. “There a fantastic weekend at Oronga Homestead in Russell, with the unlimited use of a new Mitsubishi Outlander 4x4, and well as food and wine and all the things to do,” enthuses Givins. “We've also got a lovely set of ten big colour ‘Nubian prints' of naked black African people – they're period pieces, each valued at around $500.” MP's Chris Carter and Charles Chauvel will be there, and as an auction item they're hosting a dinner for six at Bellamy's Restaurant. Entertainment during the auction includes songs from Cindy of Samoa, a string quartet, and of course two muscle boys will hold up each item for bidding. The venue for this event is the lovely historic building Hopetoun Alpha in Beresford St – very close to gay K' Road. The auction starts at 2.30pm, with free entry. A fabulous gourmet lunch will be held at 12.30pm, before the auction - Cost is $40 for GABA members and $45 for non-members. A few tickets remain and can be reserved via Johnny Givins on 09 636 5826 or     Ref: (m)

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First published: Wednesday, 29th November 2006 - 12:00pm

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