Organizers are hoping for strong participation in this year’s Make a Difference sale in support of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.
This year marks the second consecutive time the event has been run online, thanks to restrictions on social gatherings courtesy of COVID-19. (Two years ago, the sale at the McClary Stockyards in Abbotsford was one of the last in-person events prior to pandemic restrictions taking hold.)
Restricted activities haven’t restricted people’s generosity, however.
A record $348,000 was raised last year, and organizer Rob Brandsma hopes this year will match or even surpass that total.
“We are happy with the willingness of so many to be involved again this year,” he says. “There is still time to donate auction items, cash or cattle.”
Hosted on the Givergy platform, the auction will go live on March 7 at 7am and run through March 10. While there won’t be the usual buzz of an in-person event, online purchasing and bidding has become such a regular part of people’s lives that participation may even increase. This is what happened last year.
Successful bidders will pick up their winnings on March 11. Brandsma expects participants to enjoy crossing paths with friends at that time.
Prizes and lots on offer this year include a 1977 Honda motorbike, as well as gift certificates, wine and cheese.
Cash and cattle donations will also be accepted in support of the Canada Foodgrains Bank past the auction close on March 10.