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Olympic torch auction in Port Vila raised VT 1.3 mln

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The auction of an iconic Olympic torch has raised VT 1.3 million towards supporting athletes involved in this year’s Pacific Mini Games.

Up to 225 people turned up at the Carbine Club luncheon and auction held recently at the Warwick Le Lagon Hotel in Port Vila, Van2017 organising committee reports.

Vanuatu2017 and VASANOC (Vanuatu Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee) auctioned the 2000 Olympic Games Torch signed by Olympic Gold Medallists Cathy Freeman of Australia in Athletics and Barbra Kendall of New Zealand in Sailing.

“There was a lot of interest in the torch; the bidding went exceptionally well, and the final figure was 1.3 million vatu, which is an exceptionally good result,” said Shaun Gilchrist, President of Carbine Club and owner of Azure Pure Water, one of the sponsors of Van2017.

“From a Carbine Club perspective, we were very happy for Team Vanuatu as well. There were up to six active bidders, and a couple of silent bidders from Van2017, and the final winner was Andrew Hobbs who is the owner of FM 107 and also a gold sponsor of Van2017.

“It added something new to the Carbine Club auction as historically, we’ve auctioned off signed shirts, ties, framed posters around specific sporting events, so this is very new for the Club.”