English language students at The Campbell Institute have held a charity auction to raise money for the Downtown Community Ministry (DCM), which is a non-denominational organisation working to support people through personal hardship.
Businesses from around Wellington donated items to the auction, including an iPhone 6s from Vodafone, tickets from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Embassy Cinema, coffee beans from Flight Coffee and Havana Coffee Works, and many other products and gift vouchers from shops and restaurants around the city.
The charity auction was a new experience for many students who also donated items and got their wallets out to contribute to this cause. The Campbell Institute’s smaller Auckland campus also pitched in to bring the total to $2,000.00.
The Campbell charity auction is an annual event, and in 2015 raised over $3,000 for Sir Edmund Hillary’s Himalayan Trust to help rebuild Nepal after the earthquakes.
DCM (formerly known as Inner City Ministry and then Downtown Community Ministry) was started by a group of Wellington churches in 1969. Over more than 40 years’ experience of working with the most marginalised and poorest people in the city of Wellington, DCM has adapted and changed the services it offers in order to respond to pressing needs in our city. For more information, visit www.dcm.org.nz