Midge and David Willsher were at the NewsMail Funny Money Auction.
Midge and David Willsher were at the NewsMail Funny Money Auction. Mike Knott

Readers go funny for prizes

AUCTIONS went a little funny with dozens of prizes on offer at the NewsMail Funny Money auction on Saturday morning.

After months of collecting tokens, NewsMail readers had the chance to bid for what they wanted to spend their money on including a spa, a 42 inch plasma TV, an Xbox and a lawn mower.

About 500 people turned out for the auction and the most popular item was the spa, donated by Donemans Pool Centre, which went for $800,000 in funny money.

After that it was the 42 inch plasma TV which went for $750,000.

David and Midge Willsher were among the hundreds who registered their Funny Money in an effort to win a prize on Saturday.

Dr Willsher said they had saved up just over $49,000 in Funny Money and planned to bid either on the curtains or on some high-tech gadgets such as the Macbook Air or an iPad.

"We're at an age where we're not collecting things, we're trying to get rid of things - but I do like the high-tech stuff," he admitted.

"We don't normally participate in newspaper competitions, only occasionally, but Midge decided that she wanted to get those curtains."

For Thabeban State School siblings Zander, 7, and Taneka Kerr, 11, the day was mostly about having fun.

The pair took advantage of face painting and some of the activities such as the jumping castle, but they said their dad was particularly keen on the lawnmower package.

NewsMail marketing manager Angela Childs deemed the competition a success.

"All the kids enjoyed the face painting and the rides," she said.

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