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Ritchie Bros. to auction Harley for the kid's hospice

Submitted by Ritchie Bros, Chilliwack


anuck Place Children's Hospice is teaming up with Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (NYSE and TSX: RBA), the world's largest industrial auctioneer, to sell a unique 2006 Boss Hoss BHC-3 502 motorcycle at a Ritchie Bros. unreserved public auction in Chilliwack, B.C. on May 25.


Proceeds from the sale of the motorcycle will go towards the construction of a second children's hospice currently being built by Canuck Place in Abbotsford, B.C. Bidders can bid on the motorcycle and more than 1,200 construction equipment items and trucks in person at the site, online in real time at  or by proxy. The motorcycle, which has only 11 miles on the odometer and features a Chevy V8 8.2-litre engine with a two-speed automatic transmission, will be sold to the highest bidder on auction day-regardless of price-with no minimum bids or reserve prices.

Murray Blackham, owner of Paydirt Enterprises Ltd. and a long-time customer of Ritchie Bros., decided to donate his Boss Hoss motorcycle to Canuck Place. Canuck Place then approached Ritchie Bros. to sell the motorcycle by unreserved auction in Chilliwack on May 25.

"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 Mr. Blackham. "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."

The Vancouver hospice only meets about 20 - 25 percent of the current need in B.C. for pediatric palliative care. In fact, 46 percent of families using the organization's services at the Vancouver hospice resides in the Fraser Valley region. With 10 beds and five fully-furnished family suites, the new 2,800 square-metre (30,000-square foot) children's hospice located at 32766 Marshall Road next to the Abbotsford Regional Hospital, will have double the capacity of the Vancouver hospice. Construction on the Abbotsford hospice began in November 2010 and is anticipated to be completed by mid 2012.

Canuck Place is the first free-standing children's hospice in North America that provides continuous pediatric palliative care to more than 400 youth, and their families, throughout the province who are living with life-threatening illnesses. The program is unique and recognized internationally for offering world-class health care within a nurturing home-based environment. The organization depends largely on private, corporate and individual donations to maintain approximately 75 percent of its operating costs. Approximately 80 percent of funds raised go directly to patient care, which is provided to families at no cost.

"We are so grateful for the generosity of individual donations such as that made by Murray Blackham and the corporate support shown by Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers." said Filomena Nalewajek, Chief Executive Officer of Canuck Place Children's Hospice. "This kind of collaborative support for our program and services are invaluable in our efforts to meet the needs of B.C. families and we are very excited to direct funds raised from the sale of the motorcycle toward our newest Canuck Place Children's Hospice being built in Abbotsford, which will better serve the needs of more B.C. families in the Fraser Valley."

For full auction and equipment details, specifications and photos go to: 

About Canuck Place
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.

About Ritchie Bros.
Established in 1958, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (NYSE and TSX: RBA) is the world's largest industrial auctioneer, selling more equipment to on-site and online bidders than any other company in the world. Ritchie Bros. offers services that enable the world's builders to easily and confidently exchange equipment. The Company conducts hundreds of unreserved public auctions each year, selling a broad range of used and unused equipment, trucks and other assets utilized in the construction, transportation, agricultural, material handling, mining, forestry, petroleum and marine industries. Ritchie Bros. has over 110 locations in more than 25 countries, including 43 auction sites worldwide. The Company maintains a web site at  and sponsors an equipment wiki at 

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