Rotary members working hard behind the bar ... Patrick Eeles, Damien Tessmann and Martin Boettcher
Teila Eacersall with Lot No 67, a tanzanite and multi-diamond ring

October 25, 2012

Kingaroy Rotary club is so pleased with the charity jewellery auction it hosted last weekend, it’s planning to do it all over again next year.

This is the second time the club has run a jewellery auction to raise funds, and this time the idea really took off with several thousand dollars being raised for the local South Burnett Private Hospital.

There were 100 items of jewellery put forward for auction, selected by Brisbane-based company Jewellery Auction And Sales.  

Each item had a professional valuation and many did not have a reserve price.

Rotary received the “buyer’s premium” for these items, ie 12.5 per cent of the sale.

As well, the auction company also donated three items to go under the hammer. Funds raised from the sale of these three pieces of jewellery went solely to Rotary.

Auction organiser Liz Waters, from Rotary, said more than 80 bidders had signed up to take part.

Rotary will use the funds raised to partner with the South Burnett Regional Council in refurbishing the bathrooms at the private hospital.

All the other proceeds from the night, ie food and bar sales, and entry tickets, will also be put towards this project.

“We’ve had so much success with this, it’s planned to be an annual event,” Liz said.

Vanessa Khoury and Joanne Eacersall, from Jewellery Auction and Sales, with Rotary auction organiser Liz Waters
Getting ready to start bidding ... Jane Evans, Kacie Collins and Brittany Ashcroft, from Kingaroy