Kamala Haughton

Online auction supports VIU students

NANAIMO – Prize packages up for bids in annual fundraiser.

What if you could buy something you really wanted, like a Tofino getaway for two, a nice dinner out or a trip to the spa, and support a student in need at the same time?

That’s just how Vancouver Island University’s online auction works. Beginning Monday (Oct. 17) at 9 a.m., dozens of items, services and trips will be up for auction until 4 p.m. on Sunday (Oct. 23). All proceeds go toward helping students in need.

“It’s a fun event with prizes that will appeal to everyone, including spa treatments, travel getaways and a trip to a Canucks game,” says Kamala Haughton, advancement and alumni relations coordinator. “And with Christmas just around the corner, it’s a great place to start your shopping, particularly as 100 per cent of the proceeds go towards student scholarships, awards and bursaries. It’s a win-win.”

There are more than 250 prizes available in a number of different categories, including fine dining experiences, trips to watch your favourite sports teams, fitness classes, and home and garden items like a Samsung 48-inch Smart LED TV.

Most of the winning bid proceeds go into the general Inspiration Fund, which helps top up any scholarship, bursary or awards programs that need a boost.

“Last year we raised $34,000, which was our most ever,” says William Litchfield, executive director of University Relations.

Those looking to spoil themselves or others can snap up a Whistler golf getaway for two, a two-night stay at Pacific Sands Beach Resort in Tofino, a weekend adventure on Gabriola Island or a relaxation and fine dining experience at the Old House Hotel & Spa in Courtenay.

For the sports-oriented, there are scuba lesson packages and martial arts lessons; for those interested in entertainment, there are tickets to shows at the Port Theatre, a wine tour adventure and bowling nights.

To bid on items, please visit viu.ca/auction.

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