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Canterbury University students selling art for charity

Azriel Taylor
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Music being played after a previous auction  OpSoc (supplied)

A club from UC is hosting an art auction where all of the proceeds go to charity, which is a one of a kind event for the university.

Jackson Page and Kaspar Soltero are both fourth-year mechanical engineering students at the University of Canterbury, and are both helping to run the event.

The club hosting the event is the Op-Shopping Society of Canterbury, otherwise known as OpSoc

Jackson says the auction has been one of the staple events for the last five years running.

"It's one of the most unique events that we do as a club. No one else does anything quite like it really, most events are just parties for social clubs, so for us to give back to the community, it feels a bit more special."

The students running the event get other students to donate art or create some themselves, and then auction it off. The artists get no money, but 'get paid in warm feelings' by creating for a good cause. 

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"Two students very happy with their purchases from a previous auction."

This year, the club has chosen to support the Red Cross' Ukraine Fund, and Forest and Bird for the kororā penguins in Pūtiki Bay to stop a marina being built. 

Jackson says they chose these charities as both are topical issues, and giving money for the Ukraine fund was an easy decision. 

Kaspar explained the choice to support the kororā/little blue penguins.

“I feel like we all have a bit of an emotional connection to anything conservation-related in New Zealand, especially with native bird life."

All the profits will be going to the charities, and the year before last, they donated approximately $3000. 

Most items sell for around $20 or $30, but some of the bigger items sell for upwards of $250. 

There are around 30 pieces selling this year, and the event kicks off at 7pm tomorrow, at the UC club rooms.