Thursday, February 12, 2009

Charity Auction for Australian Fire Victims

Melbourne auctioneers, Prestige Philately, have announced that they will be conducting a charity auction to raise funds for the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Relief Fund, at their Belgrave office on Friday, March 13th.

According to a press release received from Prestige Philately, "Some one thousand homes have been lost and more than 180 people are known to have perished, while dozens are in hospital. Several substantial settlements have been wiped off the map. Many other towns have been grievously affected."

The release goes on to say, "Among the deceased and the dislocated are a number of people well known in the philatelic community. One collector lost not just his home but also the three parish churches at which he ministered. A prominent philatelist and his wife have had to endure the immeasurable loss of their son and daughter-in-law, and three young grandchildren."

Because the auction must be pulled together quickly, donations of material have to be received by Prestige Philately by the end of February. Items can be sent by registered mail to PO Box 126, Belgrave 3160 or delivered to the firm's premises at Unit 2, 1630 Burwood Highway, Belgrave.

Anyone wishing to donate material or to obtain further information about Prestige Philately's Bushfire Relief Special Charity Auction is encouraged to phone (03) 9754 7666 and speak to Matt Hancock, Nick Anning, Daniel Brown or Gary Watson.

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM