Airport lost property auction to help thousands of people in need

Going, going, gone: Some of the lost items that have previously been auctioned off. Picture: Supplied

Going, going, gone: Some of the lost items that have previously been auctioned off. Picture: Supplied

Sydney Airport has announced the four charities that will benefit from its annual lost property auction which begins next month.

Conservation Volunteers Australia, The Clontarf Foundation, The Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation and Lifeline Australia will share the proceeds from the auction.

Sydney Airport chief executive Kerrie Mather said each year many items are left at the airport unclaimed.

“Last year, we raised a record $234,000 and we’re hoping for another strong year of fundraising in support of these worthy causes,’’ she said.

Conservation Volunteers Australia chief executive Colin Jackson said the proceeds will go towards funding local environmental projects near the airport.

“Through the generosity of Sydney Airport, Conservation Volunteers Australia will be able to dedicate teams of local volunteers to rehabilitate and restore coastal areas along La Perouse as part of Kamay Botany Bay National Park,’’ he said.

‘’The focus of the restoration project is to re-establish the dunes’ native vegetation. Sand dunes are vital in protecting the coastline. Not only do they provide a suitable habitat to many species, but they also act as a buffer against significant weather events.’’

Clontarf Foundation chief executive Gerard Neesham said their funds will help to make a difference to the lives of Indigenous boys.

“The Clontarf Foundation is thrilled to have Sydney Airport join us on our journey in making a genuine difference in improving the life outcome of thousands of young Indigenous boys, their families and communities across the country,’’ he said.

‘’This generous financial support will directly assist our Endeavour Clontarf Academy in Caringbah which currently supports 60 Indigenous students from both the local area and regional NSW, many of whom come from disadvantaged backgrounds, however are now looking forward to bright futures.’’

The Sydney Airport lost property auction will be held from October 11 to October 20 in unreserved lots starting from $1. 

There will be a public viewing day from 8am on Monday, October 10.

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