21 March 2013
Navy sailor Warrant Officer (WO) Mick O’Carroll in front of some of the items up for auction.
A large-scale auction of sporting memorabilia is Navy sailor Warrant Officer (WO) Mick O’Carroll’s way of raising money on behalf of the NZ Fallen Heroes Trust.
Warrant Officer Mick O’Carroll has masterminded a vast collection of sporting memorabilia, appealing to a wide audience of sports fans.
The sporting goods will be auctioned online through Trade Me over the period 21-28 March. All proceeds will go to the NZ Fallen Heroes Trust.
"Items have both national and international appeal and significance" says WO O’Carroll. "The collection of bats, balls, photographs, and clothing includes regional, national and international sporting organisations – many of whom have signed their items."
"Sports fans can bid on a 2013-2014 Maori All Blacks jersey or a life-sized poster of Nick Willis from the Beijing Olympics. A framed Real Madrid pennant sits alongside several ARL jerseys. Or perhaps a Glasgow Celtic football jersey takes your fancy? What about the home strip of the NZ Warriors, or paraphernalia from Team NZ Yachting?"
WO O’Carroll is the epitome of commitment to service, after 40 years serving in the Royal New Zealand Navy and the Royal Navy.
"I wanted our Navy to help support the Fallen Heroes Trust because it is a great cause and helps support our people. The auction has just grown from there."
"Our people are our most important asset," says WO O’Carroll, "alongside our Army and Air Force colleagues, sailors perform roles where we may put ourselves at risk.
"This Trust acknowledges the support of our family and friends, who make up a significant part of our Defence community and enable us to do our job well."
What: Large scale auction of sporting memorabilia
When: 21-28 March, with auction timings staggered
Where: Online, via http://trade.me/fallenheroesnz
Why: Raising money on behalf of the NZ Fallen Heroes Trust
The NZ Fallen Heroes Trust was established in Sept 2012 by a group of people in the community with strong ties to the NZ Defence Force who saw a role for direct, practical support to the families of those men and women who were injured, wounded or killed whilst serving their country.
For further information, requests for interviews, or opportunities to view the goods, please contact Lieutenant Commander Vicki Rendall on 021 244 0638.