Habitat for Humanity’s #BidtoBuild online auction returns for third year – Campbell River Mirror

By Cady Corman

Special for the black press

Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North (Habitat VIN) is hosting its third annual Bid to Build online auction to raise funds to build safe and affordable homes with local families.

From June 16-26, virtual auctions will be open for over 200 items, gift cards, experiences and getaways donated by local businesses and professionals. Proceeds will support Habitat VIN’s current 12-home project at 1375 Piercy Ave. in Courtenay, initial development costs for their next project at 461 Hilchey Rd. in Campbell River and the renovation of a former Habitat owner’s home to serve another family.

Everyone who registers before the auction kicks off on June 16 will be entered into a draw to win two weekend passes to the Vancouver Island MusicFest and an “Island Swag Bag,” courtesy of Brazen Sportswear.

Bid to Build started in 2020 as a way for Habitat VIN to raise much needed funds during the pandemic. Despite some return to normal, with its ReStores reopening and in-person events allowed again, the nonprofit needs support to launch its biggest affordable housing projects yet.

“The pandemic has impacted staffing, ReStore profits and fundraising revenue,” said Jeff West, CEO of Habitat VIN. “And now we are seeing an unprecedented increase in construction costs. We have a building plot. We now need funding to buy building materials, hire trades people and run our volunteer program.

Cloutier Matthews Professional Chartered Accountants and Temprite Climate Solutions, two companies passionate about what Habitat does in the community, are back for a third year as presenting sponsors of the auction.

Brian McLean and Tyee Chevrolet Buick GMC Ltd. are also back, this time as a “buy it now” sponsor to entice particularly generous bidders. The buy-it-now price of each item will be set at twice the established value. Everyone who uses the “Buy It Now” feature will receive a tax receipt for the amount over the stated value, and they’ll be entered into a draw for a secret prize worth $1,000.

The Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce, Campbell River Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Courtenay BIA, Downtown Comox BIA, Downtown Campbell River BIA and Cumberland Business Association have each supported as auction partners by sharing information with their members and networks. Media sponsors 97.3 The Eagle, The Campbell River Mirror and Comox Valley Record have gone out of their way to help spread the word.

Bidders can expect gift cards to local restaurants and businesses, tools, artwork and gift baskets, as well as experiences such as a helicopter ride over a glacier, a whale-watching excursion and getaways to Tofino, Whistler and Ucluelet.

Interested persons must register on the auction platform in order to bid. Once registered, bidders can choose whether they want to pick up their items from the Comox Valley ReStore or the Campbell River ReStore.

Learn more about Bid to Build and register now at charityauction.bid/bidtobuild

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