Colin Firth and Kylie Minogue Reach out to Christchurch Kids

May 10, 2011, 04:30 ET from Stars 4 Kids

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, May 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- On Monday May 16 at 12 midday, a National online auction appeal Stars 4 Kids will be launched in New Zealand. Stars 4 Kids has been set up to raise funds for two Christchurch schools, Shirley Primary and Avonside Girls' High, both badly damaged in the February 22nd earthquake. The auction will be run through New Zealand's #1 auction site - Trade Me ( and can also be accessed by Australia.

Some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry have donated signed items along with  Academy Award winners Colin Firth (Best Lead Actor in The King's Speech), Geoffrey Rush, Russell Crowe and Emmy Award winner Hugh Jackman. Kylie Minogue, Jeremy Clarkson, James Nesbitt, Donald Trump, Sir Ian McKellen, Guy Pearce, Status Quo, Jason Donovan, Ruby Wax, Kathy Lette, Sophie Ellis Bextor and Ross Kemp are just a few who have given their support to Stars 4 Kids.

Stars 4 Kids has been organised by Christchurch mother Mandy Cook, whose children attend both schools. Mandy was formerly a publicist with Network TEN Sydney during the late 80's and 90's before returning to Christchurch in the late 90's. "I wanted to help in some way just like many other New Zealanders' are doing. I'm very lucky that I can access some of these people and incredibly thankful to all my ex-colleagues and friends around the world who have helped secure these amazing items. People like Jonathon Coleman, ex Virgin Radio, Heart FM and BBC London, also Lyndel Harrison from the Lyric Hammersmith London have been amazing.  Unfortunately the UK cannot access Trade Me, but if someone has contacts in either Australia or New Zealand they can get them to bid on their behalf."  All items can be previewed prior to the auction starting through

Shirley Primary Principal Sylvia Fidow said today, "Shirley Primary School was greatly affected by the earthquake on the 22nd of February, as one child said 'there are rivers of liquefaction everywhere at our school.' One of the most upsetting things has been the loss of our swimming pool. The majority of our students learn about water safety and how to swim in our pool, without it they will not learn how to keep safe near water—vital skills needed in our country. We are very thankful that such a high calibre of entertainers are willing to help our school community."

Avonside Girls' High Principal Sue Hume says "Our school suffered significant damage in the earthquake and there is a real sense of loss at not being able to return at this stage to our school. There is also uncertainty about our next steps, as we still await reports and a plan for our future. We know that Avonside Girls' High School, which has had a strong role in educating girls in the eastern suburbs of Christchurch for the past 84 years, will continue to do so. The money raised from the fundraiser will be of great benefit to the school community as we work together on re-establishing Avonside Girls' High School."

A full list of items can be viewed prior to the auctions on  

Due to the amount of items available, there will be 2 separate lots of Stars 4 Kids auctions. The auctions will commence on Trade Me at midday (NZ time) on the following dates and close 7 days later at 9PM.  Monday May 16 and  Monday May 23.

For further information contact:
Mandy Cook – NZ
+64 3 389 1576 or
+64 27 231 4377

Sylvia Fidow – Principal, Shirley Primary NZ
+64 3 385 2019
or + 64 27 425 0455

Lyndel Harrison – UK
+44 795 714 1674

Sue Hume – Principal, Avonside Girl's High NZ
+64 3 389 7199 or
+64 27 626 0075

STARS 4 KIDS - LOT 1 – (

Start May 16 – 12.00 midday time (NZ time)

End May 239.00 pm (NZ time)


Colin Firth – The King's Speech BAFTA entry DVD

Pirates of the Caribbean – Captain Jack Sparrow (J Depp)

Geoffrey Rush – Pirates and King's Speech

Russell Crowe – Rabbitoh's cap and Robin Hood poster

Kylie Minogue – 2011 Calender

Donald Trump – Think Like a Champion Book

Michael Buble -CD

Keith Urban – Shirt and photograph

Scribe – Framed pic/red carpet from NZ MusicAwards

Shortland Street – T-shirts/cast poster/bottle

Outrageous Fortune -Top worn by 'Cheryl' (R Malcolm)

Packed To The Rafters – Season 1 DVD

Celebrity Apprentice – Crew Jacket

Topp Twins – CD/DVD/Book set

Lord of The Rings/Gandalf Poster – Sir Ian McKellen

Canterbury Crusaders Jersey

Jeremy Clarkson – The World According To Clarkson Vol2

The Mentalist – Season 1 & 2 on DVD plus cap

Master Chef Australia - Apron

Neighbours – Scripts for Ep 1 and Ep 6000 plus T-shirt

Survivor – Cap and photo

Annabel Langbein – Great Food For Busy Lives x 2

Garrick Tremain  – Original framed cartoon

The King's Speech Poster – Guy Pearce (King Edward VIII) x 2

Status Quo – 40 Years of Hits CD

Logan Brown – Hunger For the Wild Book

Peta Mathias – French Toast/Just in Time to be Too Late/Can We Help It If We're Fabulous

Dragon – DVD and 3 CD Pack

The Sound Of Music - UK  Programme and x T-Shirts

HI-5 – DVD/Sticker/Poster Card Pack x 2

Sticky TV – T-shirt & poster

Drew & Shannon Live – Poster x 2

Geoff Huegill – Framed photo and swimmers/togs

What Now – 1x adult, 9 x kids VIP's at the show

Erin Simpson – VIP guest

Bill McCormick – print of CHCH Cathedral

STARS 4 KIDS – LOT 2 – (  

Start May 23 – 12.00 midday (NZ time)

End May 309 pm (NZ time)


Australian Kangaroos Jersey

Kylie Minogue – The Show Girl Princess

Hugh Jackman – X-MEN ORIGINS Wolverine Limited edition storyboard

Gin Wigmore – song lyrics/pic/badges

Shane Warne – My Own Story

Jeremy Clarkson – Top Gear The Great Adventures DVD Box Set

Cold Chisel – DVD/CD Pack

Shortland Street – T-Shirts/drink bottle

Survivor – Cap and photograph

Hawaii Five-O – script & photograph

Home & Away – signed script

John Clarke – aka Fred Dagg – DVD/CD/Book Pack

The Kings Speech Poster – Guy Pearce (King Edward VIII) x 2

Duchess of York – photograph taken by Duchess

James Nesbitt – DVD Occupation

The Mentalist – Converse Shoes and cap

Logan Brown – Hunger for The Wild - Book

Sticky TV – Poster & T-shirt

Kiss Kiss Yuck Yuck & Duck's Stuck – Children's book

Annabel Langbein – Great Food For Busy Lives x 2

Ruby Wax – How Do You Want Me Book

Sophie Ellis Bextor – CD includes hit "Murder on the Dance Floor"

The Topp Twins – The Complete Collection DVD Set

Drew & Shannon – Poster

Geoff Huegill – Framed photograph x 2

Guy Sebastian –CD

Australian Lifeguard TV Series – signed lifeguard shirt

Kathy Lette – British best selling author 2 x books

Ross Kemp – 2x DVD's

HI-5 – CD/Sticker/poster card

Neighbours – Cast poster

Topp Twins & The Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra DVD

Bill McCormick – print CHCH Tram

SOURCE Stars 4 Kids