Gumboot Friday Auction Raises $1000 For A Great Cause

The team at Harcourts Cromwell jumped in ‘boots and all’ at the opportunity to raise money for the I Am Hope charity in support of the upcoming Gumboot Friday.

The national Gumboot Friday is on Friday November 4, but all year round, incredible people around the country get together to raise money to provide free and timely counselling for any young Kiwi in need.

Harcourts Cromwell manager Tim Harris made the move south from Christchurch back in May, but he’s been so busy he’s making slow work of cleaning out his office to ‘personalise’ it a bit.

When he did dig deep into the cupboards, that’s when he came across a couple of mounted rugby boots that had obviously been bought by a previous manager and tucked safely way.

As he will readily admit (having been born and brought up in the UK before moving to NZ 23 years ago) he’s more familiar with English football than rugby (although he’s learning).

But even he recognized that one of the boots was signed by former All Black Leon MacDonald, who made his test debut aged 22 and went on to play in 56 tests. MacDonald also played for the Crusaders, the Chiefs and Canterbury, and he’s now head coach for the Auckland Blues.

“The boot has a certificate of authenticity so I thought it would be a great idea to use it as a ‘warm up’ auction for a property auction in the office and raise money for a cause that’s close to my heart,” says Tim.

“I’ve been studying psychology recently and I know that mental health issues are one of the biggest problems we face in this country, and we have a depressingly high rate of youth suicide.

“Mike King is doing a fantastic job trying to get this message out with his Gumboot Friday initiative and our Cromwell team wanted to do what they could to support this after the Harcourts Foundation announced their support with an initial $20,000 donation.”

Bidding opened well with $200 raised for two donated bottles of wine, then the boot (which will be donated to the local rugby club) went to the highest bidders for $801.

“It was fantastic to raise just over $1000 for the charity and we’re planning to find more ways to raise funds in the coming weeks,” says Tim.

And as a curtain-raiser for the following house auction, it certainly did the trick. There were 21 live bids in the room according to agent Kate Andrew and an astute buyer gets the keys to 56 Molyneaux Avenue!