New Zealand Red Cross in Dunedin recently organised an art auction, showcasing the work of talented local artists, to raise funds to support those who need it most.

The auction featured works by more than fifty artists, all who were based in Dunedin or had trained in the city.

Red Cross Humanitarian Services Coordinator Steve King, who organised the event, says the auction was a first for the Dunedin team.

Art lovers from across the region, including some serious collectors, travelled to Dunedin Community Gallery to bid on the works, which all included a donation to Red Cross in the price.

In total, the auction raised more than $15,000 to support Red Cross’ work, helping those who need it most.

“We didn’t know what to expect, but we were really surprised and delighted with this generosity. It will make a real difference for people in need,” Steve says.

Red Cross works across New Zealand and around the world to improve the lives of vulnerable people. Events like the Dunedin auction ensure Red Cross is able to deliver community programmes like Meals on Wheels, welcome former refugees, respond to natural disasters across New Zealand and send aid workers to help in warzones and after international emergencies.

“We just want to say a huge thank you to all the volunteers, artists and supporters, because the proceeds from this event will help so many people,” Steve says.

“Working with the artists and exhibiting their works was such an uplifting experience, I’m keen to do it all again for next year. I’ve already got the gallery booked.”

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