Lost property auction helps people in need

Going, going, gone: Some of the items that have previously gone under the hammer. Picture: Supplied
Going, going, gone: Some of the items that have previously gone under the hammer. Picture: Supplied

Sydney Airport has raised $150,000 for charity through its annual lost property auction.

Hundreds of people attended the public viewing day last month with thousands more logging on to bid online.

The highest priced item this year was a Leica M9 camera, which sold for a bargain price of $4,050.

Other big ticket items included an Apple MacBook Pro, men’s and women’s watches, and a Gucci handbag.

Sydney Airport Chief Executive Kerrie Mather thanked the public for getting behind auction.

“We’re thrilled to have raised $150,000 for charities doing great work in Sydney through our Lost Property Auction,” she said.

“It’s a great opportunity for the public to get behind a worthy cause and help charities supporting people in need, including Indigenous women, victims of domestic violence, asylum seekers and vulnerable young people.”

“Thanks to everyone who made a bid for good and contributed to this stellar result for charity.”

Money raised will go to:

  • $100,000 to fund 107 Projects’ Joynton Avenue Creative Centre in Green Square’s new 278-hectare community and cultural precinct;
  • $10,000 to Orana NSW Inc. in Jannali to fund a social enterprise café to help vulnerable women and children in the Sutherland Shire;
  • $10,000 to Royal Hospital for Women Foundation to fund its Malabar Midwives program empowering Indigenous women and mothers;
  • $10,000 to Dress for Success, based in Marrickville, which helps to promote economic independence of women in need by providing professional clothing and career support services;
  • $10,000 to Asylum Seekers Centre in Newtown for its Work Readiness Program helping asylum seekers to connect with partner organisations to increase their employability; and
  • $10,000 to St George Youth Services’ Thrive Youth Employment Hub in Rockdale providing services to vulnerable young people and their families, including those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.