A LAVISH banquet cooked in the comfort of your own home is one of the auction items up for grabs in the Ipswich Hospital Foundation's Big Sale.

Click here to enter The Ipswich Hospital Foundation's The Big Sale

Accomplished home cook and former West Moreton Health District chief executive, Pam Lane, has offered her culinary skills to raise money for the Ipswich Hospital Foundation.

The bid for an eight-person banquet cooked by Ms Lane stands at $460 and is the highest of all the 26 items available.

Ms Lane said the four-course menu complete with a waiter will provide a fantastic social evening.

"The food you have at home is better than when you go out and eat," she said.

Ms Lane has plenty of practice cooking for large groups.

"I came from a big family and we are 'into' getting together eating - and my friends, we like to get together and eat."

The day of the banquet will begin with food preparation in Ms Lane's own kitchen before applying the finishing touches at the lucky bidder's home.

She is prepared to negotiate on the final menu.

"Usually I cook a meat or a fish dish and a soup for entree," she said.

Bidding on the Ipswich Hospital Foundations Big Sale began last week with a bounty of unique items and experiences for auction using a silent bidding system.

Some of the other items going under the silent hammer include a round of golf with Mayor Paul Pisasale, a joy flight with Captain Mike at Pterodactyl Helicopters and a QT advertising campaign.

Ipswich Hospital Foundation communications coordinator, Chelsea Rees, said she couldn't wait to see the bidding system in action.

"There are so many unique items on offer including helicopter flights, a dinner for eight, personal running pacer and much more," she said.

"If you think you can offer a unique item or experience for auction just contact us and we will walk you through the easy process of donating.

Ms Rees said all of the proceeds would fund innovations and improvements to local hospital and health services.

"The auction and final event is not to be missed and I can't think of a better way to spend a Friday afternoon, with drinks, nibbles and a bit of friendly competition," she said.

"Show your fellow businesses and colleagues just how far you are willing to go to support a worthy cause.

"The auction system enables pre-event bidding and the ability to pay via your phone or tablet - you don't even need to turn up to The Big Sale final event to make a difference!

"SMS notifications similar to eBay bidding make the process a whole lot more fun."

Visit galabid.com/auction/sale/ to register and check out all the auction items available to bid on.



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