The 2020 Special Olympics BC Auction closes tonight at 6 p.m. with proceeds going to fund programs and events. The online silent auction has raised $155,833 so far.
Every year, 4,800 athletes participate in grassroots programs run by 3,900 volunteers in 55 communities across the province.
Christina Hadley, Vice President, Fund Development and Communications with Special Olympics BC says the auction is more relevant than ever, as in-person programs were cancelled due to COVID-19.
“Today, Special Olympics BC is taking slow, careful steps to safely reopen the year-round sport, youth, and health programs that matter so much to our community members with intellectual disabilities, who are still far too often the forgotten members of society,” wrote Hadley.
18 different sports are supported by the organization.
"Special Olympics is a place where so many people find life enrichening friendships and support, and empowerment by athletes being able to show their abilities," said Communications Manager Megan Pollock. They're admired for what they can do, because they can do so many inspiring things and they work so hard in their sports. It's an amazing community to be a part of, for athletes, coaches, and staff alike."
The auction has been held in partnership with the New Car Dealers Foundation for 34 years and features cars and other automotive goods.
To take part in the silent auction or to make a donation, visit www.auction2020.ca.
Email reporter Tom Summer at firstname.lastname@example.org