On Tuesday The Journalism Foundation held A Priceless Evening – a gala event to benefit the Foundation’s work supporting free and ethical journalism around the world.
The event culminated in an auction of money-can’t-buy lots conducted by Simon de Pury. One of the major lots of the evening was generously donated by Air New Zealand giving two people the opportunity to be present at the world premiere of the ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’, a two-part film rumoured to be the most expensive movie ever made. Air New Zealand provided two return flights on their award-winning Premium Economy Spaceseats to the biggest entertainment event of the year. The prize included the addition of lunch with James Nesbitt who stars in the film and will provide a first-hand account of the making of one of the most extraordinary films of all time.
All money raised from this auction prize has been put directly towards The Journalism Foundation’s projects around the world.
Air New Zealand’s charitable work in the UK extends in a number of directions. On Sunday, the airline is also holding an auction, which aims to raise money for Phab, a small UK based charity which encourages people with and without physical disabilities to come together on equal terms through its clubs and activity weeks.
The money raised in the auction will go towards Phab’s 2012 Activity Week in the New Forest in August. The extra care and specialist tuition that is needed to enable a disabled child to benefit from these life-changing events costs Phab around £1000 per child.
To celebrate 30 years of flying between London and Los Angeles, Air New Zealand has enlisted the help of some of its more recognised passengers to donate exclusive auction items and experiences, with the aim of raising more than £30,000 for Phab.
Prizes include a George Lucas signed master replica lightsaber, six months unlimited Air New Zealand Premium Economy upgrades between London and Los Angeles, an exclusive tour of Warner Brothers and Weta Studios for two and a chance to row on the Thames with world champion rower Mahe Drysdale.
Visit airnewzealand.co.uk/ebay to view the complete list of auction items and get bidding – the auction closes 27 May.
Learn more about Phab here