A mid-winter Christmas lunch fundraiser organised by Bayleys Real Estate featured a silent and live auction, and raised $18,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Make-A-Wish aims to grant the desires of children suffering serious and life-threatening medical conditions.
More than 120 people attended the lunch at The Stables restaurant in Matakana.
Among the guests were Make-A-Wish recipient Corban Devey, who suffers from leukaemia, and his mother, Chantelle, who spoke on the difference Make-A-Wish had made in their lives.
Bayleys Rodney North manager Debbie Jones said money raised at this year’s mid-winter Christmas lunch would benefit a child or children north of Auckland.
Debbie says the emotional boost children get from having their long-held wishes granted can often have enormous spin-off benefits for their physical health.
Last year, a similar Bayleys fundraiser raised $15,000.
Part of that money benefited a girl suffering from a brain tumour who desperately wished for her parents to get married in a grand ceremony that the girl had planned to the minutest detail.
Debbie says the girl was so ill it was uncertain she would even make it to the wedding.
As things turned out, not only was she able to attend the ceremony, but her health recovered to such an extent that she was able to return to school.