Multicultural Rotary holds Chinese New Year Charity Ball

Minster Collins attending Multicultural Rotary holds Chinese New Year Charity Ball

The Rotary Club of Auckland Harbourside is ethnically about one-third Chinese, one-third Indian and one-third Pakeha.

The club holds an annual Chinese New Year gala charity ball and gives the proceeds to medical charities. This year it is the Auckland Medical Research Foundation.

The Minister for Ethnic Communities, Hon Judith Collins, and the Prime Minister, the Hon Bill English, attended the charity ball at the SkyCity Convention Centre, along with about 600 other guests.

In her speech Ms Collins said she was happy to be back in the role of Minister for Ethnic Communities, and paid tribute to the organising committee co-chaired by Donald and Jennie Sew Hoy.

Associate Professor Mark Vickers of the Auckland Medical Research Foundation spoke about the development of non-invasive bio-markers to predict premature births.

In the auction held on the evening, one guest paid $6000 for a limited edition replica of Sir Edmund Hillary’s ice axe, and many bid for a Black Caps cricket bat signed by the 2012 team.

This was the eighth Chinese New Year Charity Gala Ball held by the club. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been donated to four medical charities over the past eight years