WOW! Sunday, 5th May we hosted our annual Life Buoy 2019 fundraiser at the Royal NZ Yacht Squadron. The sun was shining, the atmosphere buzzing and everyone smiling - an incredible afternoon was had.
Scotty Stevenson (no longer aka Sumo) once again volunteered to be our MC, being such a professional; he kept the afternoon running smoothly with his highly entertaining wit and style.
Jennifer Ward-Lealand was our very special guest speaker. Jennifer had everyone in awe of her numerous talents, and not just acting and singing talents. As a relatively recent learner of Te Reo Maori, Jennifer is now a seemingly fluent speaker. Our only regret on the day is that we didn’t video Jennifer’s talk as it is something we would love to share and listen to again and again.
This event would not be possible without our kind sponsors. Harcourts Cooper & Co have been one of the main sponsors of Life Buoy for MS since its inception. Martin Cooper once again led the live auction for us, bringing in a whopping total of $30,000 from 7 live auction items.
Thank you to Care on Call home care services (www.careoncall.co.nz) and JUCY (www.jucy.co.nz), for their sponsorship, with JUCY also donating a three-day campervan hire that was hotly contested at our silent auction.
Our pledge item was a magnificent white gold diamond ring, valued at over $5,000 donated again this year by Pascoes. An amazing $20,945 was pledged, thanks to our very generous guests.
Life Buoy came together due to the hard work and commitment of our wonderful volunteer committee, which included our two ambassadors, Lorraine Street and Raewyn Henry, our long term volunteer, Joan Thomson, and two other brilliant supporters, Christina Cairns and Celia Snedden. Together with Liz Callinan and Ingrid Minett from the office, the Committee brought the event together, including the gathering of 31 fabulous prizes which were put up for auction.
The smooth running of the day was helped by our team of volunteers, Andy, James, Curt, Sam and Cassidy, who together with our long term volunteer Andrew and his daughter Gabrielle helping on the day.
The event was a fabulous success in so many ways, it raised MS Auckland $65,000 which will go directly to providing services for people affected by MS. The success of events such as Life Buoy rely so much on the generosity and kindness of a large number of people – sponsors, donors, volunteers and guests. Our wholehearted and deepest gratitude to you all!