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An Auckland professional couple won the Trade Me auction of a NBR luxury holiday, raising more than $37,000 for Starship Children's Hospital.
The prize, originally won by Financial Markets Authority chairman Simon Allen in a National Business Review subscriber draw in June, was donated to Starship's Spring Clean auction.
The successful bidders, who want to remain anonymous, paid $37,101 for the trip.
They told NBR ONLINE they planned to visit Europe next year to see family before "spying" the auction.
"Simon’s selfless generosity was very commendable and the holiday irresistible. Add to that helping Starship get a new dialysis machine for the intensive care unit and we were sold."
Starship Foundation chief executive Brad Clark says the luxury holiday – a 28-day European escape worth $50,000, including business class flights with Air New Zealand – was the auction's single-biggest donated item.
The proceeds will go towards a new Prismaflex continuous dialysis machine for Starship’s paediatric intensive care unit, worth $57,500.
"Starship Foundation has another donor in the wings who is looking at funding the balance needed to purchase it,” he says.
“The Starship Foundation is grateful to Simon Allen for his generosity in donating this extraordinary prize to Starship Spring Clean and to the NBR for allowing the prize to be used in this way."
Mr Clark did not say how much the campaign has raised but he expects it to be the best Spring Clean since it launched three years ago.