Local artist donates work to charity auction

By Melissa Nightingale

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STUNNING GIFT: Property Brokers' Ritesh Verma accepts two glass artworks from Whanganui glass artist Katie Brown. PHOTO/STUART MUNRO
STUNNING GIFT: Property Brokers' Ritesh Verma accepts two glass artworks from Whanganui glass artist Katie Brown. PHOTO/STUART MUNRO

Two "stunning" glass artworks are up for grabs in this year's Relay For Life charity auction.

Co-organiser of the auction, Property Brokers' Heather Kubiak, said the two black pieces were donated by Whanganui glass artist Katie Brown.

"Katie Brown made them specifically for us," Mrs Kubiak said.

"She's very generously donated them."

She described the pieces as "absolutely stunning", and said auction organisers were unsure yet whether to sell them together or as a pair.

The auction, which fundraises for the Cancer Society's Relay For Life, will offer up a number of other items as well.

Amongst the donations are fishing trips on Lake Taupo, as well as an open ocean fishing trip, helicopter and fixed-wing aeroplane rides, accommodation packages, a "lovely, big panoramic print" of the Whanganui river and city from photographer Mark Brimblecombe, "various household items" and vouchers, and three smartphones from 2 Degrees.

"So we've got a whole range of things," Mrs Kubiak said. "There's something for everybody."

Last year's auction raised $14,000, although it included a bedroom package, she said.

"It's all going to the Cancer Society so it's for a good cause."

The auction is in the Property Brokers car park on Taupo Quay on Wednesday, February 17.

It starts at 5.30pm, but viewing starts at 5pm. Anyone wanting to donate items for the auction can call Property Brokers on 06 345 7714.

Property Brokers staff are able to pick up items.

- Wanganui Chronicle

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