11 Feb 2009

Money from PM's cast auction given to charity

7:42 pm on 11 February 2009

Money raised from an auction of Prime Minister John Key's arm cast has been given to a charity which funds eye operations.

The Fred Hollows Foundation received $18,500 after Ganesh Cherian, of Wellington, made the successful bid for the cast on an online auction website.

Mr Key broke his arm after giving a speech in Auckland in January. He tripped down some stairs which were not well lit.

He says during a visit to Solomon Islands he was urged to consider selling the cast to benefit the foundation, which performs cataract operations.

Mr Key presented the cheque and thanked Mr Cherian at the Beehive in Wellington on Wednesday.

It is expected the money will fund 400 cataract operations in the Solomon Islands.

Mr Cherian has also given the cast to the foundation.