The following is from Brad Clark, the CEO of the Starship Foundation. Brad recently took over the reigns from Andrew Young and is doing a fantastic job.

We wanted you to be the first to see our TV commercial for the Starship Spring Clean before the campaign launches tomorrow.

Please click on the link to take a look.




We'd love you to get involved in the Starship Spring Clean by cleaning up, clearing out and selling off, all in support of the kids at Starship.


Throughout September, you can list items for sale on Trade Me at www.trademe.co.nz/starship pledging all or part of the sale to our national children's hospital.

Not only can you buy and sell everyday items on Trade Me for Starship, but there are also a number of exclusive items donated by Starship's celebrity supporters including Spartacus costumes donated by Lucy Lawless, a bespoke suit donated by the Prime Minister Rt. Hon John Key, signed gear from the All Whites, Vodafone Warriors and NZ Breakers and Scott Dixon, who has donated a 2010 racing suit, signed gloves and a signed car part.

 
Plus there are some exciting items that have been donated by the Starship Foundation's corporate sponsors, including a 'Be a Zookeeper for the Day' experience and an ASB Classic shirt signed by Maria Sharapova donated by ASB; the world's longest gas BBQ from Mercury Energy; a Vodafone Warriors signed shirt and ball from Vodafone New Zealand; and coaching sessions with Silver Fern and Barfoot & Thompson Starship Ambassador Anna Scarlett.


If you sell an item through Starship Spring Clean on Trade Me and donate 10 per cent or more of the proceeds to Starship, you will be refunded your auction success fee by Trade Me.

With the full support of Trade Me, Starship Spring Clean will help everyday New Zealanders support Starship kids. It's a win-win: while cleaning out your cupboards, you'll also raise money for a great cause - the major rebuild of the Level 6 Neuroservices and Medical Specialty Wards at the national children's hospital.

Each year, more than 2600 young patients from all around New Zealand are admitted to Level 6 at Starship. The rebuild will help improve emotional, social and survival outcomes for critically ill and long-term patients on these wards. Conditions treated include neurological disorders, brain tumours, metabolic and genetic disorders (including Cystic Fibrosis), head trauma and suspected child abuse injuries, respiratory illness and infectious diseases.

 

Please visit www.trademe.co.nz/starship to get started!

Or, for other ways to donate, visit www.starship.org.nz, or dial 0800 STARSHIP (0800 7827 7447) to make a donation of your choice, or text STAR to 469 to donate $3.

Thank you for your support,


Kind regards
Brad Clark
Chief Executive