International A-list celebrities are getting behind efforts to raise money for Greenpeace‘s latest Rainbow Warrior, the environmental charity’s third such ship.
The original was famously bombed in Auckland Harbour in 1985.
Movie stars Helena Bonham Carter, Jake Gyllenhaal and Helen Mirren are among the big names who have donated signed memorabilia to the charity auction, joining Kiwis Lucy Lawless and Rhys Darby.
Also up for grabs are unique experiences, including meeting soccer star Leo Messi in Barcelona, meeting Beatles rocker Paul McCartney and VIP concert tickets to one of his US performances, and VIP tickets to the star-studded 2012 MTV music awards.
Bids for a dinner date with Lawless in Los Angeles or Auckland were valued at US $2000 (NZD2,461.24), but now stand at $4600.
“Participating in the building of the new Rainbow Warrior is a chance for all of us to be a part of history as we decide what kind of future we want to hand our children,” says Lawless.
“I am proud to stand with Greenpeace and be a part of the crew that helps build the new Rainbow Warrior.”
The Rainbow Warrior is Greenpeace’s first purpose-built vessel which will be used to prevent environmental crimes across the globe and promote sustainable solutions.
It will set sail later this year to mark the organisation’s 40th anniversay.
The Rainbow Warrior II stopped sailing on August 16 after 52 years at sea, with 21 of those being a used as a Greenpeace ship.
In 1985, the original Rainbow Warrior was bombed by the French Secret Service to stop the ship from setting sail to launch a protest campaign at Mururoa Atoll where the French tested their nuclear bombs.
The ship now sits at the bottom of the ocean at Matauri Bay and has become a living reef.
To place a bid, head to the Charitybuzz website.
Source: Auckland Now