The charity auction was held at Webb’s Gallery in Parnell, Auckland, where guests enjoyed canapés, and fine wines from Eurovintage. Bids were made for a wide range of vintage clothing, shoes, bags, jewellery and furniture ranging from Christian Lacroix, to Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada and Chanel. Also up for auction were stays at luxurious holiday destinations including in Queenstown, at Kinloch Lodge, at Kauri Cliffs, in New York and on Vomo Island in Fiji. For the conservation minded, there was a “priceless”, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to release a kiwi chick back into the wild with Forest LifeForce.
The evening’s activities will directly support a research project currently underway.
“We know that premature babies have different bacteria flora in their digestive systems and that this behaves differently from the normal bacterial flora we see in full-term babies,” says Professor Bloomfield. “Many premature babies go on to develop obesity and non-insulin dependent diabetes in childhood that continues into adult life. Liggins Institute researchers are investigating how this could be treated, when it is best to treat, and if such a treatment could prevent the onset of disease in childhood and thus improve adult health outcomes for future generations.”
We join Professor Bloomfield in thanking the sponsors of this event, all those who donated items, and all those who bid at the auction for their generous contributions.
Pictured above from left: Charlotte Swasbrook (auction organiser), Chris Swasbrook, and Katrina Hobbs. Photographer Tatiana Skorik.