Otago Polytechnic Charity House auction raises $176k

Otago Polytechnic’s annual Charity House auction has raised $176,000.

Each year for the past 12 years, Otago Polytechnic carpentry students have built a four-bedroom home with guidance from lecturers and the generous support of many local businesses. 

About 100 people attended the auction at Otago Polytechnic’s L Block on Saturday, 24 November. The Charity House sold for $271,000, eclipsing last year’s previous record price of $270,000.

Proceeds from the sale of the fully furnished Charity House go to United Way, which distributes the funds to charities and worthy causes within Otago; as well as to Otago Polytechnic’s Education Foundation, which provides scholarships to students.

The figure of $176,000 is what remains after taking into account associated costs.

Last year, Otago Polytechnic celebrated a milestone $1 million raised by the annual Charity House initiative by hosting a Million Dollar Dinner, which raised an additional $30,000 for local charities.

Otago Polytechnic thanks the many generous sponsors involved in building and fitting out the Charity House.

Read more about the Charity House, including sponsors