Every Little ‘Bid’ Counts For The National Children’s Hospital

Starship Foundation has kicked off its Starship Spring Clean campaign, where New Zealanders are asked to clean up, clear out and sell off, all in support of the kids at Starship. 

Throughout September, the public can list items for sale on TradeMe pledging all or part of the sale proceeds to our national children’s hospital. 

Not only can people buy and sell everyday items on Trade Me for Starship, but there are also a number of exclusive items donated by Starship’s celebrity supporters, including Spartacus costumes donated by Lucy Lawless, a bespoke suit donated by the Prime Minister Rt. Hon John Key, signed gear from the All Whites and NZ Breakers and a 2010 racing suit, signed gloves and a signed car part from Scott Dixon. 

Plus there are some exciting items that have been donated by the Starship Foundation’s corporate sponsors, including a ‘Be a Zookeeper for the Day’ experience and an ASB Classic shirt signed by Maria Sharapova donated by ASB; the world’s biggest gas barbecue from Mercury Energy; a Vodafone Warriors signed shirt and ball from Vodafone New Zealand; and coaching sessions with Silver Fern and Barfoot & Thompson Starship Ambassador Anna Scarlett. 

Anyone who sells an item through Starship Spring Clean on Trade Me and donates 10 per cent or more of the proceeds to Starship will be refunded their auction success fee by TradeMe.

With the full support of TradeMe, Starship Spring Clean will help everyday New Zealanders support Starship kids.  It’s a win-win: while cleaning out your cupboards, you’ll also raise money for a great cause – the major rebuild of the Level 6 Neuroservices and Medical Specialty Wards at Starship Children’s Hospital. 

Each year, more than 2600 young patients from all around New Zealand are admitted to Level 6 at Starship.  The rebuild will help improve emotional, social and survival outcomes for critically ill and long-term patients on these wards.  Conditions treated include neurological disorders, brain tumours, metabolic and genetic disorders (including Cystic Fibrosis), head trauma and suspected child abuse injuries, respiratory illness and infectious diseases. 

See below for a more extensive list of the great celebrity and corporate items that have been generously donated and visit www.trademe.co.nz/starship to get started!  

Plus, during September Spring Clean, Starship has other ways to donate – via its website, or dial 0800 STARSHIP (0800 7827 7447) to donate any amount, or text STAR to 469 to donate $3 

 Starship Spring Clean Exclusives!

Spartacus Costumes

Starship’s own warrior princess Lucy Lawless organised for STARZ to donate 10 costumes from hit show Spartacus, including dresses worn by Lucy and Viva Bianca, gladiator costumes worn by Manu Bennett and Peter Mensah, and a tunic worn by John Hannah.

Argo the Water Horse

This impressive life-size fibreglass artwork horse was designed, painted and signed by Lucy Lawless. Named after Xena’s horse “Argo”, Lucy’s art was inspired by the ancient Egyptian faience sculptures of the waterhorse or hippo.  Lucy has promised to bring her paintbrush and will personalise the horse for the winning bidder. 

Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key’s Bespoke Suit

It’s pre-loved clothing with a difference, generously donated by the PM himself.  Dress to impress with this bespoke charcoal and white pinstriped suit tailored for the Prime Minister, Rt Hon John Key.  Sewn into the lining of the size 104R/94 suit is a special inscription for its VIP previous owner.  Plus there are a couple of the PM’s ties being auctioned too for the discerning sartorialist. 

Scott Dixon’s Racing Gear

New Zealand’s own racing great and Indycar champ Scott Dixon has given us his 2010 Target racing suit, a car part which he’s signed, a signed pair of racing gloves and a selection of 2011 Scott Dixon Hero Cards. 

Backstage and One-on-One Training with the NZ Breakers

Australasian basketball champs the New Zealand Breakers have given us an exclusive backstage experience with the team as well as the chance for some one-on-one training from the team’s coaches.  There’s also a selection of merchandise from the team including signed basketballs and shirts, and Barfoot & Thompson has donated Tom Abercrombie’s Number 10 shirt signed by the 2010 championship team. 

2010 Signed US Ryder Cup Team Photo Montage

A 75cm x 50cm canvas photo montage featuring the 2010 United States Ryder Cup team – signed by all the players including Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Corey Pavin and more…. 

Tiki Taane’s Guitar

Tiki’s given us a very special guitar – the one on which he wrote and recorded Starship Lullaby.  This acoustic guitar has travelled the world with Tiki on tour so has picked up a few bumps and scratches along the way – all adding to its special character.  

Zoo Experiences at Auckland and Wellington Zoos

Starship Foundation Five Star Sponsor ASB has generously donated an ‘Elephant Experience’ up close and personal with Burma at Auckland Zoo and a chance to be a zookeeper for a day at Wellington Zoo. 

2011 ASB Classic Shirt Signed by Maria Sharapova

Also donated by ASB is one of only five shirts signed by Maria Sharapova during her visit to New Zealand to play in the 2011 ASB Classic.  And if tennis is your thing, then ASB has also generously donated four tickets to the ASB Women’s Classic Final on 7 January 2012. 

And still more stuff from ASB….

ASB has also donated a St John child specific first aid course for a group of 15 people, and two VIP tickets to the ASB Classical Sparks concert in Christchurch in February 2012. 

 Dan Carter’s Autograph on Napkin

Sure – we grabbed a napkin and asked Dan Carter to sign it because there were no rugby balls around at the time – but this little piece of fabric could become a priceless collector’s item in the next few months!  

The World’s Biggest Gas Barbecue

Starship Foundation Five Star Sponsor Mercury Energy has donated the world’s biggest gas barbecue – invite all your mates and your neighbours and cook up a feast this summer.    

Framed Auckland Rugby and Blues Jerseys with Player Autographs

An Auckland Rugby (ITM Cup) jersey and a Blues Super 14 jersey framed with accompanying autographs of the 2010 players and also donated by Mercury Energy. 

Signed Vodafone Warriors Shirt and Ball

Thanks to Starship Foundation’s newest Five Star Sponsor, we have this great signed gear from the Vodafone Warriors. 

Ladies’ Degustation Lunch for Five at The Grove with Paula Ryan

Generously donated by Starship Foundation Five Star Sponsor Barfoot & Thompson, you can enjoy a wonderful lunch with friends and come away with some seriously great style tips too. 

Framed Beehive Doodle by the PM

Donated by Barfoot & Thompson, we have a framed and signed drawing of The Beehive by the Prime Minister, Rt Hon John Key. 

Two Hour Team Coaching Session with Silver Fern Anna Scarlett

Silver Fern Anna Scarlett is also a Barfoot & Thompson Starship Ambassador – she regularly visits Starship to play sport with the young patients, as well as provide them with inspiration and mentorship.  Now Anna’s offering a two-hour coaching session for a team to really hone its netball skills.

Rugby Ball Signed by All Black Keven Mealamu

A rugby ball signed by legendary All Black hooker and Barfoot & Thompson Starship Ambassador, Keven Mealamu. 

Let’s Rock Elmo and Star Wars Collectable Lightsabers

Hasbro has donated some seriously cool toys including two Sesame Street “Let’s Rock Elmos” in advance of the official release date, and three limited edition collectable Star Wars lightsabers. 

Signed Nike New Zealand Football Shirts

The New Zealand All Whites have donated several official Nike New Zealand Football shirts signed by the 2010 FIFA World Cup team.  Ole, ole, ole. 

Art by Hollie Smith

Hollie Smith is not just a talented musician, but an amazing visual artist too.  Hollie has generously donated a 45cm x 42cm monotone watercolour painting on card that she did of a young child.  

Michael Campbell Autographed Golf Cap

A black Callaway golf cap signed by New Zealand international golf champion Michael Campbell. 

Guitar-Shaped CD Holder

Actor and long-time Starship supporter Shane Cortese has donated a guitar-shaped CD holder which he says could double for a toast rack for a large family should you so desire! 

The Wiggles Signed Programmes

Children’s super-group The Wiggles visited Starship earlier this year, and gave us two signed programmes from their tour of New Zealand to auction in Spring Clean.  Wiggle-rific! 

Shortland Street Cast Signed T-Shirts… and more

South Pacific Pictures has generously donated four Shortland Street t-shirts signed by members of the cast, as well as signed posters and DVDs and soundtracks from Outrageous Fortune, Go Girls, The Almighty Johnsons and Maddigan’s Quest. 

One-of-a Kind Merino Kids Go Go Bags

Merino Kids have donated some one-off samples that never made it to market – your baby can really sleep in style. 

Behind-the-Scenes Studio Experience with The Crowd Goes Wild

Ever wondered what it takes to get your sport fix and a side order of mayhem to air every weeknight?  Come behind the scenes with The Crowd Goes Wild and find out!  Meet the team, take a tour of the studio, and then watch the rehearsal and live filming as The Crowd Goes Wild goes to air. Plus, SKY TV has also generously donated MY SKY + (it’s four times as big… but exactly the same size!) and a 12 month SKY subscription to Basic, SKY Sport, and SKY Movies. 

The Warehouse BIG Kiwi Summer Essentials Package

A $5000 package from Starship Foundation Five Star Sponsor The Warehouse, including a tent, family pool, gas barbecue, outdoor furniture set, bar fridge, 2degrees mobile phone, 12ft trampoline and enclosure, swing set, Cozy Coupe and wooden playhouse.                                 

2 x Return Premium Economy Flights to London on Air New Zealand

Thanks to Air New Zealand, we are auctioning two return premium economy flights to London.  And Air New Zealand has also generously donated two Air New Zealand domestic flights.  So take your pick whether you want to go near or far, and bid away.   



The Starship Foundation raises funds so Starship Children’s Health can better care for New Zealand’s children. Donations are an extra to Government funding and provide a variety of initiatives such as new technology, vital research, boosted family support and preventative programmes. As a charitable organisation, Starship Foundation exists through the generosity of the New Zealand public who lovingly donate money and/or time to assist in making Starship a world class medical facility.  Starship Children’s Health cares for more than 120,000 children from around the country each year. New Zealanders can support these children by donating to the Starship Foundation on 09 307 4957 or on-line www.starship.org.nz/foundation.


You can also follow the Starship Spring Clean on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/starshipfoundation

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