FMA chairman gives away luxury NBR European holiday

Starship Foundation funding director Jo Cowie with FMA chairman Simon Allen

He could have experienced a 28-night luxury European escape, enjoying his own dream itinerary – but winner Financial Markets Authority chairman Simon Allen has given it away.

Mr Allen this week won NBR’s Luxury European Escape, drawn from NBR subscribers.

But he decided this trip of a lifetime would have to be auctioned off to raise funds for Starship Hospital.

As FMA chairman, there was never any doubt in Mr Allen’s mind that he would give the prize away. The challenge was picking a charity.

“It was an almost impossible task when there are so many good charities out there,” he says.

“But I chose Starship because of the amazing work they do. My wife is a volunteer there, and I was a director in the 1990s.”

Mr Allen said he hoped the prize reaches top dollar at auction and that the money raised helps pay for a new Prismaflex continuous dialysis machine for the paediatric intensive care unit.

“Thanks for putting up an amazing prize,” he told NBR ONLINE.

Starship Foundation chief executive Brad Clark delivered a “huge thank you” to Mr Allen and The National Business Review.

“Because this is such a unique and special prize, it is wonderful to have it gifted to Starship Foundation to benefit some of our most critical medical cases.

“Our appreciation also goes to Air New Zealand and the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group which have provided such an amazing prize,” he said.

The competition for NBR subscribers offered two return Air New Zealand business premiere flights to London, with the winner also choosing stopovers in Hong Kong or Los Angeles, plus 28 nights' accommodation staying at Small Luxury Hotels of the World properties of their choice.

Subscribe at to NBR Print or Online paid content and be in to win the new Peugeot 508 Allure valued at $54,990.

The winning subscriber will be drawn on November 30, 2012, and announced in NBR Print and Online on December 7. 

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