Operation lightbulb – (L to R) Sakira Knights and Megan Pritchard.

Crowne Plaza Auckland has stepped up to help a young New Zealander raise funds to help find a cure for Parkinson’s disease.

Sakira Knights, 13, has embarked on a journey to help two of Australasia’s research centres find a cure for the disease by setting up a Lightbulb Trade Relay as part of a Year 9 project at Wellington’s Samuel Marsden Collegiate School. Crowne Plaza Auckland has traded a three nights’ stay in one of its incredible Executive Suits plus breakfast daily for a previously donated Peregrine Wine voucher. The hotel has helped mentor her throughout the school project and IHG’s marketing manager Rachel Peacock said the property was delighted to help. For further information on how you can take part visit