Signed Hillary book key item in school auction

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A signed first edition copy of a book by Kiwi mountaineer Peter Hillary will be hocked off at a Queenstown school fundraising auction next month. 

In the Ghost Country – a harrowing account of Hillary’s three-month-long, 1450 kilometre skiing expedition across Antarctica to the South Pole – is going under the hammer at Remarkables Primary School’s ‘Glittering Peaks’ social evening. 

Explorer Peter Hillary – son of legendary Sir Edmund Hillary who was first to conquer Mount Everest and took Peter climbing from the age of seven – will share tales of his awe-inspiring adventures as guest speaker at the November 12 event. 

School principal Debbie Dickson says the night will be a “huge celebration” of the Frankton school’s first year. 

She suggests punters nab tickets quickly, since Peter Hillary is a drawcard and there’ll be plenty of hot items up for grabs at the live and silent auctions. 

“Local businesses and sponsors have been hugely generous in donating items for auction, ranging from 10 days’ 
camper hire from Jucy Rentals … to a $500 colour jet printer from Ricoh,” Dickson says. 

An interactive cooking demonstration for 10, accommodation, an overnight Milford Sound cruise, wine and more will go on the night, which starts at 7pm. 

Tickets – available from ASB Remarkables Park – cost $50. Money raised will go towards sunshades, resources and books for Remarkables Primary.