Sonny and Lucy in Auction
North Harbour News, New Zealand
17 May 2013

An auction raising money for the Starship children’s hospital is now live on Facebook.

Personal recording, left: A voicemail message by Xena: Warrior Princess actress Lucy Lawless is one of the many items The Starship Foundation has on its live auction page on Facebook. Sonny signed, below: A Sydney Roosters rugby league jersey signed by Sonny Bill Williams is also offered.

The Starship Foundation launched its Bids for Kids on Wednesday and it is believed to be the first charity in New Zealand to hold a live auction on Facebook.

From Monday people from around the world will get the opportunity to bid on auctions over the next six weeks.

One of the auction items includes a personalised voicemail message by Lucy Lawless, famous for her role as Xena: Warrior Princess, recorded on the winning bidder’s phone.

‘‘I am incredibly fortunate to have an amazing fan base around the globe, many of whom willingly support causes I am passionate about,’’ Lucy says.

‘ ‘ Although of course I’ve got my own voice on my answering machine, if I can offer that to someone else and it generates much needed funds for Starship children’s hospital then I’d be thrilled.’’

Other items include a never worn Sydney Roosters rugby league jersey signed by Sonny Bill Williams, and an artwork by New Zealand artist Denys Watkins.

‘‘The beauty of these auctions is that anyone bidding will share the activity with their friends, enhancing the viral and international reach of both the auction itself, and the Starship Foundation brand as a whole,’’ says chief executive officer of the Starship Foundation Brad Clark.

‘‘With some of the auctions we have in the pipeline, we’re certain there will be a lot interest from people all over the world.’’

Starship’s Bids For Kids is hosted via BuddyBid, a social commerce application which sits within Facebook.