Items are pouring in for the fifth annual fundraising auction set for next month by the Hay River Health and Wellness Foundation and the Rotary Club.
The online auction will feature items and services from community businesses. From Nov. 16 until Nov. 30, registered participants can view and place bids on items from appliances to airplane tickets.
Erin Griffiths, executive assistant to the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority, has been helping with the auction since its inception. She said there will be items from businesses such as Wesclean, Ring’s IDA, Home Hardware, WestJet and
Buffalo Airways, as well as items from small businesses including local photographers and artisans.
Last year, the auction raised $23,000.
Evellyn Coleman, the auction’s co-ordinator, is anticipating more items and more bidding this year, adding there will be vehicles up for bid.
“There will be something for everyone, from $20 items to big ticket items,” said Coleman.
“It’s not so much about the items up for auction, but more about the bidders. People bid from all over the North and all over Canada to support our cause. Social media is playing a big role in fundraising in the North.”
The funds are split between the Health and Wellness Foundation and the Rotary Club.
The foundation’s half goes toward new health equipment and expenses of the H.H. Williams Memorial Hospital, the Hay River Regional Health Centre, Woodland Manor, the clinic, and supportive living.
The Rotary Club uses its share for Books for Kids, the Wine Festival and community education events including Dragons’ Den for kids.
“We have a new facility and health care is something that everybody needs unfortunately at some time in their life,” said Coleman. “This is a good way to stay out of the politics and raise some of the funds from the community.”
Coleman said the bidding is anonymous.
“You might be bidding against your spouse,” said Coleman.
Over the last fifteen years, the foundation has raised more than $1 million through auctions as well as charity golf tournaments, community dances, raffles and bingos.
Although this is the auction’s fifth year, it is the second year the foundation has teamed up with the Rotary Club to host it.
“All the money stays local,” said Griffiths. “It all goes back into the community.”
This year, like last, the event will kick off at the Wine Festival on Nov. 14. There, participants can view the items two days before bidding starts. Bidders may register online before the auction begins at hrhfauction.com.