Thursday September 8, 2011
Ritchie Bros Gets In The Game
Online charity auction Sept 10 to help KidSport establish Chilliwack chapter
Staff/Voice/Photos courtesy of Ritchie Bros
his Saturday Ritchie Bros. is holding the 2nd Annual Corporate Kids Challenge and online charity auction in support of KidSport BC, an organization devoted to helping underprivileged children in BC participate in sports.
This time, they've got terabytes of choice items donated by the business community. You'll be bidding on items like a trip for two to Cancun or a Canucks corporate box for a September game with extras, BC Ferries priority passes and truckloads more.
"The support provided by Ritchie Bros. through the 2010 Corporate Kids Challenge enabled over 800 children the opportunity to play a season of sport," says Pete Quevillon, Director, KidSport BCT in a press release last week. "This level of support from the corporate community through a one day event is unprecedented for KidSport and has contributed to a significantly increased level of awareness of KidSport in the community."
Their mission is to help get kids active in the community, and in doing so, kids stay healthier, improve their self-esteem, learn life skills, do better in school, make new friends and share and appreciate other cultures.
In an email to the Voice Thursday Quevillon said that he is planning on establishing a permanent presence in the city.
"We are working on developing a Chilliwack chapter of KidSport over the next 6 months. Currently, any applications for assistance from the area come to our provincial office for support."
He's looking forward to opening an office in Chilliwack and says the Ritchie Bros. auction will help provide the financial assistance necessary.
"We would utilize some of the funds raised by the Ritchie Bros. event to assist with the startup of a local chapter and while the chapter is getting on their feet, we continue to fund kids from the area through our central fund," he said.
"Essentially, our 39 community chapters raise funds in their respective communities and keep those funds locally to assist kids in getting involved in organized sport," explained Quevillon.
Tug-of-war at Ritchie Bros. Burnaby office last year during Corporate Kids Challenge. Photo courtesy of Ritchie Bros.
In addition to the auction, co-ed corporate teams from the greater Vancouver area will compete in various sports activities such as tug of war, a three-legged race and an obstacle course at Ritchie Bros.' international headquarters in Burnaby, BC.
Last year's Corporate Kids Challenge and charity auction raised more than $270,000, including a $100,000 contribution made by the Province of British Columbia. See last year's photo gallery here.
Auction items being sold as part of this year's Corporate Kids Challenge fundraising efforts include:
7 night all-inclusive stay at the Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya. Includes return airfare from Vancouver to Cancun and all meals and beverages. Taxes included.
Vancouver Canucks game in a 14 person suite at Rogers Arena on Sept. 25th 2011. Plus a Vancouver Canucks jersey for each attendee!
Behind the Scenes tour of CTV
Trip for 2 to Banff on the Rocky Mountaineer. Travel in Gold Leaf service experiencing the scenery of the Canadian Rockies.
Vancouver Giants Birthday experience for 14 people. Watch the game in the Jack the Giants Birthday Zone. Includes hot dogs, chips, soft drinks, Marble Slab Birthday cake. Face painting and an opportunity to meet Jack the Giant and a Giants player!
3 day Pacific Salmon Fishing Trip for 2 at Warm Springs Resort on Stuart Island, BC. Guided fishing tour, equipment, accommodation and meals included. Donated by Dave Ritchie, co-founder of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers.
To preview the full list of auction items go here.
As with every Ritchie Bros auction, this online charity auction is open to the public and unreserved. Every item will be sold to the highest bidder on auction day-regardless of price-with no minimum bids or reserve prices. All proceeds go directly to KidSport BCT.
Registration to bid is free by contacting Ritchie Bros. customer service at 1-800-211-3983.
KidSportT is a community-based sports funding program that provides grants for financially disadvantaged children ages 6 to 18 to participate in amateur sport and learn valuable life lessons and skills. The organization operates 175 chapters across Canada, 39 of which are based British Columbia. For more information about KidSportT and how you can help in your community, please visit www.kidsport.ca
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 www.rbauction.com and sponsors an equipment wiki at www.RitchieWiki.com
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