Thursday May 26, 2011

Community

Children's Hospice Gets Boss Boost

Ritchie Bros motorcycle auction draws big money 

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itchie Bros held an unreserved charity auction for a 2006 Boss Hoss BHC-3 502 motorcycle May 25. The auction was to raise money to help in the construction of a children's hospice in Abbotsford.

 

The winning bidder of the beautiful machine wished to remain anonymous but, we can tell you that it was donated by Murray Blackham owner of Paydirt Enterprises Ltd.

"A buyer from BC paid $31,000 for the motorcycle. All the proceeds will go towards the construction of the Canuck Place children's hospice in Abbotsford," said Tess Zevenberger, Corporate Communication for Ritchie Bros, in an e-mail to the Voice.

"I am pleased to be supporting Canuck Place and the construction of their new hospice in Abbotsford. Organizations like Canuck Place provide much needed support for terminally ill children and their families and make life a little bit easier for them as they cope with the difficult realities they face," said Blackham in an earlier release. "I have grandchildren of my own and am forever grateful for their health. And although I don't understand what the families who stay at Canuck Place are going through, I do see the need to help and the good things that Canuck Place is doing in providing that support."

Canuck Place offers a comprehensive continuum of care to over 400 children with life-threatening illnesses and their families throughout British Columbia. The program is unique, offering world-class health care within a home-like environment. With comfortable surroundings, personalized programs, caring professional staff and dedicated volunteers, it is a place for children and families to come in their time of need.

The new 30,000 sq. ft hospice is located at 32766 Marshall Road next to the Abbotsford Regional Hospital and will be completed by mid 2012.

The Voice inquired about future auction fundraisers at Ritchie Bros for local charities and Zevenberger said she didn't have any information on that at this time.

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