Fundraiser to double as celebration

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Wednesday, April 15

This Friday night sees the return of the annual Oarsome Oamaru Silent Auction.

Last year’s fundraiser for the Oamaru Rowing Club enjoyed tremendous success and the club is hoping for another successful night.

This year, the rowers have invited the Waitaki Boys’ High School basketball academy to participate in the auction to raise funds for an upcoming tour of the Gold Coast, Australia.

Oamaru Rowing Club captain Peter Scott said the auction was a success last year.

“People really enjoyed it last year and we are looking to do something similar this, although we have more silent auctions than last year, which is fantastic to see.”

Scott said the funds would go towards maintenance of the rowing club.

“We have a very leaky roof at the moment which we need fixed and that’s what we are using this auction for. Ideally I’d love to be able to replace the tin and fix the holes so it can last for some time.”

He said fundraising was a key part of the rowing club.

“Fundraising is a big part of providing opportunities for our young people involved in local sport. It’s great to have the basketballers involved and judging by their enthusiasm they will do very well.”

“The auction format works well for us as it not about us putting our hand out. People come along and enjoy a drink, music and nibbles and buy goods at a good price and often goods they were going to have to buy anyway.

“Auction lots include firewood, holiday accommodation, gift packs, building services and grocery items etc … There will be nearly one hundred items for auction, so something for everyone.”

He was confident the auction would be a step up on last year.

“I’m not quite sure what was made last year but anything similar to that would be awesome and any extra a real bonus for the club.”

Friday night’s auction was also a way to celebrate a fantastic rowing season, he said.

The Oamaru Rowing Club has enjoyed the best season in many years, winning medals at every regatta they attended. The season ended with a hatful of medals in the national championships, the inter-provincial championships and the secondary school championships (the Maadi Cup).

But, like all clubs, the equipment must be repaired and replaced before the start of next season.

The auction starts at 7pm at HouseKeepers Design in the Victorian Precinct. Tickets will be available at the door.

By Brayden Lindsay