Stadium action all about an auction
THE Virgin Australia Mackay Stadium was pumping on Saturday night, but it wasn't for a football match.
The Grapevine Charity Auction went off without a hitch and thousands were raised for local suicide prevention and awareness.
At the end of the night, every piece of sporting memorabilia available had been snapped up, with several people heading home with some real bargains.
"The night was great, I would estimate we had about 150 people there, it was very impressive," organiser Leda Barnett said. "The venue was great, Clinton Begg from Stadium Mackay, he is worth his weight in gold that man."
Ms Barnett said every piece of memorabilia on offer was auctioned off. "Everything was sold and I tell you there were some absolute bargains there. There were some items that went for way under what they are worth."
Stadium Mackay committee chairman Greg Sutherland dug deep and paid almost $1000 to buy some Queensland State of Origin Originals memorabilia. And he says it's going straight back to charity to raise more money for local organisations. The item which pulled the most money was a 2010 Wallabies jersey, which sold for $1200. "It is hard to tell what we raised at this point but I estimate it would be about $10,000," Ms Barnett said yesterday.