Australian Brews News hasn’t been invited to experience the
sub-tropical delights of Pumpkin Island, better known these days as XXXX Island, but we are told by those who have that it is a rather pleasant place to while away the days in the sun.
If, like us, you haven’t been lucky enough to win a spot on the island through XXXX Gold’s various promotions, Lion has offered up the island for auction to raise money for for the Queensland Flood Appeal.
Full details are below but it includes 3 days on the Island for 24 people, including travel from capital cities. With bidding starting at $24,000 ($1000 per person) it certainly sounds like a good way to be generous towards a very good cause, and score a holiday with some good friends.
If bidding for the island is a little out of your price bracket, you can still donate any amount to the Queensland Flood Appeal via the Australian Red Cross.
XXXX Island to be auctioned for mates in need
All money raised to go to Queensland Floods Appeal 2013
14 February 2013: To help raise vital funds for the Queensland Floods Appeal 2013, XXXX GOLD today announced that it will auction off a once in a lifetime trip for 24 people to XXXX Island worth $60,000, through eBay.
Jack Mesley, XXXX GOLD Marketing Manager, believes the auction is a genuine chance for Aussies from all over the country to help their Queensland mates who have been so harshly affected by the recent extreme weather in Queensland. “For those most affected, accessing funds to be able to clean up and rebuild their lives is vital,” he said.
“We’ve been asked time and time again if you can buy a trip to XXXX Island. Now you can and by doing so, you’ll be helping raise much-needed funds for Queenslanders who really need a helping hand,” Mesley said.
This will be the first ever opportunity to purchase a trip to the idyllic island located on the Southern Great Barrier Reef and will also mark the only opportunity so far for 24 mates to have the entire island to themselves. Currently, the only way people can secure a spot on XXXX Island is by winning a trip through various promotions.
In addition to this eBay auction, XXXX has also donated $50,000 directly to the Queensland Floods Appeal 2013 and is currently planning a variety of initiatives to help out local communities across Queensland.
“We’re reaching out to all Aussies. It could be you or your mates who band together to raise funds and bid for the trip, or it could be the perfect corporate team-building experience,” said Mesley.
“Whoever the successful bidder, we’re certain that they’ll not only enjoy the ultimate mates’ trip on XXXX Island, but they’ll also have the satisfaction of knowing that the money has gone to a fantastic cause,” added Mesley.
The successful bidder will be treated to a weekend of what XXXX GOLD terms the ‘good life’ – a spot of fishing, a friendly game of touch footy, or a relaxed afternoon playing cards while a pulley system delivers a can of icy cold beer direct to the ‘Punter’s Pavilion’.
XXXX Island features the creature comforts you’d expect on an island brought to you by XXXX GOLD, including specially fitted-out cabins such as the fishing shack, the footy shack and the larger-than-life campground; a man-cave filled with bits and pieces to keep guests busy; and other small ingenious touches including a fishing lure vending machine and keg cookers to grill up the catch of the day.
The auction will begin at 1pm on Friday 15 February, with bids beginning at $24,000.
Interested bidders can visit here for more information or to direct them to the auction.
Details of the auction:
XXXX Island auction on eBay. The trip for 24 people includes:
- Travel from the winning bidder’s closest major capital city to XXXX Island
- Three nights’ accommodation on XXXX Island
- All meals and drinks, including XXXX GOLD
- The trip must be taken on Thursday, 22 August 2013 through to Sunday, 25 August 2013
- Additional terms and conditions for the trip apply
Auction begins at 1pm on Friday, February 15th
Auction ends at 1pm on Monday, February 25th
Bidding starts at $24,000