2019 ASBS-NZPCN Conference Charity Auction
I am happy to announce we will be having a charity auction at the 2019 New Zealand Plant Conservation Network (NZPCN) and Australasian Systematic Botany Society (ASBS) Taxonomy for Plant Conservation – Ruia mai i Rangiātea joint conference running this November in Wellington, New Zealand. The charity auction is a fundraiser that the NZPCN has carried out successfully at our conferences since 2013.
The funds raised from the auction will be split 50/50 between our two societies and used to bolster the allocated research funds of each society. The NZPCN will split its share of the funds raised between the ‘David Given Scholarship’ and the ‘John Sawyer Plant Conservation Fund’. The ASBS will use the funds raised to bolster its Scientific Research Awards, which currently include the ‘Hansjörg Eichler Scientific Research Fund’ and the ‘Marlies Eichler Postdoctoral Fellowship’.
The auction will be silent, allowing some level of mystery as to whom you may be bidding against when you wish to win a must-have item. Each conference attendee will be given a number in their conference pack for use when bidding. Bidding will simply involve adding your number and the dollar value you wish to bid on a sheet next to the item, which will be on display at the conference. It’s a fun and exciting way to support your societies!
Depending on the number of items up for grabs, the conclusion of each auction may occur in a staggered fashion to prevent any conclusion confusion. More running details will be established closer to the date.
To make the auction a success, we rely on worthy donations from individuals, businesses, institutions and agencies. This is where you can help! If you can donate an item, or have a suggestion for a donation, please let me know. Items which garner substantial interest include artwork, experience vouchers, books, outdoor gear, handmade uniqueness, etc.
You can see what was on offer in 2015 at theNZPCN 2015 website. Te Papa Press has kicked things off by kindly donating three fantastic NZ-themed hard back books. There is an excellent chance of the silent auction having extra-interesting items this year with the trans-Tasman tie-in, so let’s make the auction a ripper and raise as much as possible for our societies’ worthy funds. We’ll post silent auction items here as they come in.
Please contact me, Matt Ward (NZPCN Secretary), with any queries or to make your donation!