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When you’re just starting out, it takes a lot of courage to stand in front of a crowd and conduct an auction. Congratulations to all the finalists in the 2009 Novice Auctioneers Competition State Final for accepting the challenge and demonstrating their professionalism and spirit … but there could only be one winner.

It was all action as the 10 finalists took to the podium to demonstrate their verbal dexterity and raise money for REINSW’s charity of choice – the St Vincent de Paul Society.

There was something for everyone, with auction lots including a helicopter ride over Sydney Harbour, luxury accommodation packages, a designer necklace, and two rounds of golf at the Australian Golf Club with lessons from the club professional. Throughout the evening, the bidding came thick and fast – keeping the finalists on their toes.

While all the finalists were polished performers, Meredith O’Reilly from Keith Soames Real Estate emerged from the pack to take out the title, her auctioneering style lending a dramatic flair to the evening. Auctioning a one-of-a-kind Vivian Chan Shaw necklace, Meredith raised $700 by the fall of the hammer.

To celebrate her win, Meredith then returned to the stage to auction a limited-edition, signed copy of MasterChef winner Julie Goodwin’s new book.

“What a thrill,” Meredith said. “The excitement of being on stage in front of this great crowd was a real rush.”

Just as it seemed the excitement was over, seasoned auctioneer and industry identity Damien Cooley introduced two extra lots – a Triple M radio advertising package and a Domain online advertising package.

In all, an overwhelming $23,680 was raised over the course of the evening.

“I don’t know what to say,” said Julie McDonald from Vinnies. “The money raised tonight equates to a lot of help to a lot of people. It will take a lot of people off the street and really contribute to helping them turn their lives around.”

“I just want to say to every single person here tonight, thank you so much.”

The 2009 REINSW Novice Auctioneers Competition was, without a doubt, the most successful to date – 37 competitors in seven Divisional competitions around the state raised more than $58,000 for charity.

The 2010 competition is shaping up to be bigger and better. Divisional competitions will kick off in mid-2010. So if you’ve ever thought you might like to try your hand at the fine art of auctioneering, why not give it a go? You might just find that you have an exciting new career on your hands. 


And the finalists are ...

  • James Chauncy (McGrath Residential) – East Division
  • Andrew Cooley – East Division
  • Matthew Hansen (Ray White Dubbo) – Orana Division
  • Oliver King (Richardson & Wrench Miranda) – St George & Sutherland Shire Division
  • Bo Lamprey – Riverina Division
  • Josh Larsen (McGrath Residential) – East Division
  • Lachlan MacDonald (Ray White Terrigal) – Central Coast
  • Meredith O’Reilly (Keith Soames Real Estate) – North Division
  • Eddy Piddington (McGrath Manly) – Northern Beaches Division
  • Aaron Walters (Bruce Lyon Real Estate) – North West Division