By REBECCA WALSH
Primary school fundraising is going global - via the Internet.
No longer content to rely on the generosity of parents and the local community, Ponsonby Primary School is hosting an Internet auction of sports and celebrity memorabilia, and already its Website has attracted international interest.
Parent Louise Fleming expected the top seller in the auction to be a signed and framed sketch by Sir Edmund Hillary showing Mt Everest with a stick figure on top.
The school had already received a bid of $1000 for the piece.
Other "hot" items included a rugby ball signed by eight ex-All Black captains, a polo shirt signed by Team New Zealand yachtsmen and signed sparring gloves worn by Olympic medal-winning boxer David Tua.
Mrs Fleming said the school hoped to raise about $30,000 towards the cost of a new school hall and gymnasium by aiming the auction at a bigger market.
The memorabilia can be viewed on the school's Website and bidders can use email, phone or postal bidding. Those who attend the auction at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in Westhaven tomorrow night will get the chance to bid in the flesh.