Rare car signs and a huge amount of office furniture will be auctioned in Warrnambool on March 17 to aid the Lookout residential rehabilitation centre appeal.

Signs from the relocated Callaghan Motors will be one of the highlights of the auction, which will also feature hundreds of office chairs, desks, partitions, printers, filing cabinets, fridges, tool boxes, air compressors and other items.

The auction will be from 10.30am on Saturday, March 17 at the former Callaghan Motors site in Fairy Street and the event will also include a display of vintage cars and collectables.

Callaghan Motors dealer principal Steve Callaghan said the company was pleased to support the Lookout project.

“The campaign has hit a nerve with us and all our staff and we decided to donate the signs and office equipment to support the appeal,” Mr Callaghan said.

“We think there are some interesting items with a bit of value so we hope it helps the campaign. The signs are one-off opportunities and should have great appeal to collectors.”

The signs are from the various cars sold by the dealership. They cannot be used for commercial purposes.

The office furniture has been supplemented by other major donations.

Auctioneer Bruce Ludeman is donating his time for the event and Thompson Removals will support a local WRAD organising committee to set up the auction.

“There’s a bit of nostalgia here with some of the signs and there are heaps of chairs and good office desks,” Mr Ludeman said. “If you’re looking to re-furnish there is very good quality and a huge amount of chairs and desks and other items for sale.”

“We’re only too pleased to give our services for the Lookout which is a wonderful project,” he added.

The event will start at 9am with auction viewing, car displays and collectables and will run till 3pm.

The Lookout residential rehabilitation appeal now stands at $555,000 and WRAD Director Geoff Soma said the fund-raising continues. WRAD has committed $600,000 to the new centre.

The community can continue to support the appeal with 100 collection tins throughout Warrnambool, or by directly donating at the ANZ Bank or through the WRAD website www.wrad.org.au