All for charity: From left, Novotel host/organiser Jim Moore, auctioneer Brendan Quill and Cure Kids South Island philanthropic specialist Will Hall


One of Queenstown’s biggest annual charity lunches raised $42,000 last Friday.

Again organised and hosted by Novotel hotelier Jim Moore, 87 businesspeople bid fiercely for a range of generously-donated auction items including a luxury holiday on Fiji’s Vomo Island, a helicopter experience, a signed Paris Saint-Germain football jersey and a SailGP package.

Local realtor Brendan Quill once again brought his trademark humour to the auction, and several businesses also came to the party by donating food and drinks.

Once again, three charities benefited from the event.

The lion’s share will go to children’s health research charity, Cure Kids.

The other benefactors are the Whakatipu Reforestation Trust, to fund the education programme run by Jo Smith, and a programme providing free milk to children at an outreach centre in India.

Novotel, along with other local Accor hotels, are also organising the 14th annual Cure Kids fundraising quiz this year, though it’s been delayed till October.

The local Accor hotels also recently donated $10,000 to Queenstown’s Central Lakes Family Services.