Twelve of New Zealand’s top business leaders have helped to raise a grand total of $35,525 for ChildFund by putting their business nous up for auction.

Over 12 days the Trade Me auctions received nearly 40,000 views with over 750 bids made by Kiwis eager to sit down for a one-on-one business mentoring lunch with the decision makers at the top of some of New Zealand’s most-renowned companies.

Dame Trelise Cooper attracted the highest closing bid - a remarkable $7,000 - with Moa CEO and 42 Below founder Geoff Ross receiving the second highest bid at $3,500. The total raised across all the CEOs at the close of the auction was $22,650.

Despite extremely busy schedules and overseas trips many CEOs were able to offer second business lunches raising a further $12,875.

ChildFund New Zealand would like to thank and acknowledge the CEOs who took part: Barbara Chapman, ASB; Dame Trelise Cooper, Trelise Cooper Group; Alastair de Raadt, Cadbury; Paul Fitzgerald, Coca-Cola; Craig Heatley, founder of SKY TV; Paul Herrod, KPMG; Jacqueline Ireland, Colmar Brunton; Christopher Luxon, Air New Zealand; Don Lyon, Beca New Zealand; Roger Partridge, Bell Gully; Mark Powell, The Warehouse; Geoff Ross, Moa Beer.

ChildFund New Zealand CEO Paul Brown said he was incredibly grateful for the support of such prestigious business leaders and wanted to thank everyone who participated.

 “Our winning bidders deserve our heartfelt gratitude as their generosity will make an enormous difference to children and families who have suffered so much.

“We would also like to thank TradeMe which waived its success fees and provided excellent support for the auction.

All proceeds from the winning bids are going towards ChildFund’s Livelihoods Appeal in Sri Lanka, providing micro-loans and business mentoring to families living in extreme poverty.  All funds raised will be multiplied three times through the New Zealand Aid Programme.

To find out more about how the funds from the Share My Knowledge auction will help children and families in need, please visit the Sri Lanka Livelihoods Appeal page.

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