Online Charity Live Auction on May 23
Fighting Covid Together is an online charity auction event that took place on May 23, 2020. Just under $60,000 was raised cumulatively for six B.C. charities!
Fighting Covid Together was an upbeat and fast-paced online auction based on Able Auctions’ proven track record in industrial auctioneering. Hosted by Howard Blank (howardblanklive.com), the virtual event consisted of a live audio auction for each of the six charities involved where guests bid in real time on items upon viewing photos and descriptions. 100 per cent of proceeds went directly to the participating organizations!
There was no registration fee for guests and no costs for the six charities involved thanks to the generosity of Jeremy Dodd (Able Auctions), Rebecca Bollwitt (Miss604), Howard Blank and event expert Tracey Wade. Also, special thanks to Forevery Occasion for helping SOURCES coordinate our end of the event!
More than 600 registered bidders participated. Thank you for supporting us so we can continue supporting frontline workers, volunteers and vulnerable community members during the COVID-19 crisis — and beyond.
Click on the below images to learn more about each of the six packages we had up for bids!
HOW TO PARTICIPATE/BID
- Visit AbleAuctions.ca to register as a bidder by Friday, May 22, 2020. Click on “Sign Up for Online Bidding” to start the process.
*NOTE: First-time Able Auctions bidders must sign up by 4:00pm on Friday (the day before the auction) in order to complete your bidder registration.
- Tune in LIVE on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 7:00pm via the AbleAuctions.ca website. Bid on your favourite items in this exciting and dynamic live fundraiser. You will also be able to support with a direct financial donation, Fund-a-Need style (see below for details).
FUND A NEED
Food is a basic need. In these times of great uncertainty, more people in our communities are turning to Food Banks to feed themselves and their families. Did you know that 1-in-3 visitors of B.C. Food Banks is a hungry child? At Sources Food Bank in Langley, 41% are children; and in South Surrey, 32% are children.
In B.C. it costs a family of four an average of $250 per week to feed themselves. Help us feed them by making a cash donation to our Food Banks now.
For every $1 donated, our Food Banks can purchase $3 worth of healthy food. This is because of our unique partnerships with food distributors. When you give cash to our Food Banks, we can buy the most in-demand and culturally appropriate items we need when we need them, and in bulk, without worrying about storage or spoilage.
Triple the value of your donation today. Trust that we can make it go a long way.
$250 will help us buy $750 worth of food (feed 3 families for three weeks)
$500 will help us buy $1500 worth of food (feed a family for six weeks)
$1000 will help us buy $3000 worth of food (feed a family for three months)
Any amount you can give will have triple the buying power to feed someone in need.
ABOUT SOURCES FOOD BANKS
Sources White Rock/South Surrey Food Bank and Sources Langley Food Bank are accredited with Food Banks BC and Food Banks Canada. We are largely run by a dedicated volunteer force and heavily supported by community donations (we receive NO government funding). Our Food Banks are also Community Resource Centres; through SOURCES’ other social wellness programs, we are able to have an Advocate on site to assist with housing and tenancy issues, disability and other income supports. We are also able to offer health clinics, nutrition workshops and more.
Sources Food Banks see upwards of 700 visits in Langley and 650 in South Surrey – Every Week. We serve people living on a fixed or low income, and we do not put up barriers to those without proof of residence, income or identification. Since the pandemic began:
- We have taken cautious measures to keep our team and our community safe by switching to a drive-thru distribution, enforcing physical distance in line, and limiting the number of staff and volunteers in the building
- SOURCES staff from other programs have been redeployed to help out at the Food Bank since many of our regular volunteers, who are seniors, are rightly isolating for their own safety
- We have started giving clients more food than our usual distribution, in an effort to minimize visits and reduce any potential risk of infection
- We have doubled our mobile deliveries to those who are physically unable to attend our Food Banks in person
- We are seeing an increase in new registrants every week and we anticipate this to continue for the next 18 months to 2 years
Sources Food Banks will be there for the long haul, but we need sustainable funding to keep our doors open. We are not government-funded; we rely completely on our community’s generosity to keep our shelves stocked – with nutritious food, items for babies and pets, and when possible, cakes and gifts for children whose families struggle to afford them. Your donations make all the difference. Help us solve hunger in our communities – help us feed the growing number of people who will need our support.