October 12, 2017 - 4:45pm
Bidding opens October 19 on more than two dozen prize packages
Finding the money to pay for important things like textbooks, childcare and essential learning equipment like a laptop computer can be hard when you’re going to university.
Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Online Auction aims to help. Every year, local businesses donate prizes that people can bid on, with all proceeds going to student awards, equipment and learning opportunities. This year, prizes have been grouped into experience packages with themes ranging from travel, spa and golf getaways, to dining experiences and even a tattoo package.
The bidding starts Thursday, October 19 at 9 am and closes Thursday, October 26 at 9 pm.
“What’s nice about the Online Auction is there’s something for everyone in the prize packages, whether you like to travel, enjoy the outdoors, shop or do things with your family,” says David Forrester, VIU Advancement Manager. “Lots of our regular bidders like the fact that 100 per cent of the proceeds go towards supporting students in need - so they’re getting something they really want and helping others at the same time. Plus, with the holidays coming up, it’s a great opportunity to get a head start on your shopping.”
There are many great prizes in this year’s Online Auction, including Seattle Seahawks Monday Night Football tickets; Tofino and Victoria whale watching getaways; and a Courtenay ski, stay and spa package. Other prizes include suite tickets for a Vancouver Canucks game; a year of dining out at different Nanaimo restaurants; Helijet tickets; several golf getaways; a seven-course meal for eight in the Discovery Room at VIU and an outdoor adventure package.
“The funds we raise go directly towards helping students fund their education,” says William Litchfield, Associate Vice-President of University Relations at VIU. “We would like to thank the many generous community businesses and organizations from around the Island for supporting our students through the Online Auction.”
To learn more or bid on items, visit auction.viu.ca.
Jenn McGarrigle, Communications Officer, Vancouver Island University