Charity auction to aid medical research for children

Published 14 August 2009

benThe charity auction at Earle Page College tomorrow (Saturday 15 August) is an important component of the College’s annual “Coast Run” fund-raising campaign in aid of the Children’s Medical Research Institute.

This year’s Coast Run Convener, Ben Bowman (pictured here), said that other components of the campaign so far this year – including the sale of a discount card supported by about 50 local businesses, and a Fashion Extravaganza – had been “highly successful” and had gained a great deal of support from both students and the wider community.

He pointed out that the charity auction is an event that involves the whole community. Beginning at 9.30 am in the Earle Page College Dining Hall, it is open to the public and morning tea is provided. “Once again this year, local businesses have generously supported our charity auction by donating items for sale,” Ben said.

Items to be auctioned include vouchers to three Armidale beauty salons, holiday accommodation at the coast, one week’s accommodation at a house in Tuscany, signed sporting memorabilia including a hockey ball signed by the captain of the Australian men’s hockey team Brent Livermore, and nine tickets to a “Titans” Rugby League match on the Gold Coast, as well as clothing and accessories.

The Earle Page College Coast Run fund-raising campaign is now in its 30th year. Culminating in the run from Armidale to Coffs Harbour in September, the campaign raised $35,000 for the Children’s Medical Research Institute last year. In launching the 2009 campaign at the beginning of the year, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alan Pettigrew, expressed his “enthusiastic support” for the students’ fund-raising activities, and noted that “their involvement in this campaign adds a dimension of social engagement to their UNE experience”.

Donations to the Coast Run campaign can be arranged by contacting Ben Bowman on (02) 6773 5352 (e-mail or the Earle Page College Office on (02) 6773 5300.